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Department of Theology

“The things that we love tell us what we are.” —Thomas Aquinas

Grounded in Catholic theological tradition, open to all wisdom traditions and committed to academic rigor, the Theology Department educates students to become religiously literate persons who think critically, creatively, and constructively about the most profound dimensions of human existence in order to engage the world's pressing challenges and to advance the common good.

The Theology Department offers majors, minors and certificates with concentrations in specialized areas, such as biblical studies, health care ethics, interfaith leadership, and comparative theology. Students can combine theological studies with degrees in other areas like business or STEM fields. Our graduates bring their expertise to every area of life impacted by religion, values and beliefs.

Upcoming Events

Cornerstone Magazine Cover

Cornerstone Magazine

Our Second Edition of Cornerstone Magazine features matters related to the historical and theological roots of Christian Nationalism.”
Read Cornerstone Magazine

What story will you tell?

Education with a Purpose

Theology's "cornerstone" course, THEO 100: Foundations, is the required course in Theology. When you fall in love with "the study of God," you may also choose from our 2xx-level "keystone" courses (THEO 221-229), each number associated with a different area of specialization within Theology, for your third course in the area of Theology & Philosophy. You may also take Theology keystones for one or both of your required “integrations in the humanities" courses. The Department also offers a "capstone" course, THEO 300: Signature Work in Theology, for those who wish to integrate their major field with theology. In addition to the core requirements, we offer a major in theology. We welcome you to explore the possibilities.

Undergraduate Major

The courses you choose shape the person you are becoming.

Choose the bricks in your curricular cathedral.

After completing the "cornerstone" course, THEO 100: Foundations, consider taking a "keystone" course in Theology (any course, THEO 221-229). You may also enroll in two "integrations in the humanities" in Theology. All of these courses will satisfy core requirements, as well as the requirement for the "enhanced curriculum"—and they will qualify you for one of our four minors. We also offer a certificate in lay ministry, which is suitable for non-degree seeking students who work in parishes, and who desire greater knowledge in theology without wanting to pursue a full degree.

Graduate Programs

The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity offers the Master of Arts degree in Theology in collaboration with the Department of Theology of the University of St. Thomas. The degree program prepares students for lay ministries in the Catholic Church, and for study at the doctoral level.

Study Abroad Opportunities

Programs in Europe

Programs in Europe

THEO 100 in Rome and Pilgrimage in Italy

First-year students can live on our Rome campus during January term while taking the foundations course in theology, or they can enroll in a course that introduces them to the significance of Christian pilgrimage with a special focus on St. Francis.
Programs in Africa

Programs in Africa

The Theological Roots of Nazism and Apartheid

The course will take students to significant sites in and around Berlin, Johannesburg and Cape Town to examine the historical contexts and theological imaginations that gave rise to Nazi Germany and Apartheid South Africa, respectively.
Programs in Latin America

Programs in Latin America

The Church in Latin America: Guatemala

In this course, you will visit churches in Guatemala that will serve as a lens for analyzing the various forms that Christianity has taken in Latin American history since the Spanish Conquest.

What can I do with a degree in theology?

Theology majors are prepared for graduate school and careers in law, medicine, business, education and more. Hospitals and other healthcare organizations, institutions of higher education, relief services, and advocacy organizations hire people with theology degrees; churches employ a good number of people and are a great option for some graduates. Theology students often complete a double major, pairing theology with another field of study. Students with degrees in theology and biology have worked for public health organizations, some of them in Africa. Others with degrees in theology and engineering have become ethical industry leaders. Graduates with degrees in theology and business work in the for-profit and non-profit sectors, in areas such as marketing, entrepreneurship and financial analysis. All students with theology degrees can distinguish themselves in the job market by pointing to careful study of purpose, meaning, and ethics.

Theology Department Initiatives

Short Course on Becoming Human

Becoming Human is an interdisciplinary short course on dismantling racism hosted by the Theology Department. Modules include historical recovery and lessons to mobilize for social transformation while avoiding the "White Savior" complex.

Becoming Human

Short Course on Nationalism

In this short course on the theological roots of Nazism, Dr. Michael Hollerich explores the collapse of a fragile democracy and its replacement by a dictatorship, and how both Catholics and Protestants rationalized (and criticized) their collaboration under the Nazi regime in Germany.

Nationalism Series

Encountering Islam Initiative

This program fosters mutual understanding and cooperation between Christians and Muslims by providing educational opportunities for the community to learn about Islam, and for theologians in both faiths to engage in theological dialogue.

Encountering Islam

Encountering Orthodoxy Initiative

The program answers Pope Francis' call to foster unity between Catholics and Orthodox Christians by supporting the work of IOTA: The International Orthodox Theological Association. The organization sponsors conferences to promote greater understanding.

Encountering Orthodoxy

Encountering Judaism Initiative

This new initiative fosters mutual understanding and cooperation between Christians and Jews by providing educational opportunities for the community to learn about Judaism, and for theologians in both faiths to engage in theological dialogue. Link coming soon.

Science & Theology Network

The Science and Theology Network (STN) promotes thoughtful and respectful dialogue by sponsoring lectures, workshops, and other events to foster understanding of the inherent compatibility between faith and science.

Science & Theology Network

Initiatives in Faith & Praxis

The Department's initiatives in Faith & Praxis build on the insights of social movements and social theories of the last century. Current programming includes two undergraduate minors, a certificate, the Common Good Scholars Program (CGSP), and the Emerging Scholars Living Learning Community (LLC). Visit the archive to view recordings of past recordings.
Faith & Praxis

New Frontiers Series

The New Frontiers series of lectures places the spotlight on one member of the Theology Department each year, highlighting research that they are conducting. Lectures have focused on topics ranging from hope to mass incarceration. Visit the archive to see the collection and view recordings of past lectures.

New Frontiers Lecture Series


Studio headshot of theology faculty member Fr. Steven McMichael

Fr. Steven McMichael

Associate Professor

Fr. Steven McMichael, recently published Mary Magdalene in the Medieval Franciscan Spirituality: Beloved Disciple and Apostle of the Apostles. In addition to being an expert on medieval Franciscan spirituality, he is a speaker on contemporary relations between Jews, Christians, and Muslims.

Fr. Steven McMichael
Studio headshot of theology faculty member Dr. Philip Rolnick

Dr. Philip Rolnick


Dr. Philip Rolnick has published works on analogy—how words refer to God; persons divine and human; the relation of science and theology; and most recently, The Long Battle for the Human Soul, a story of how the West moved away from its Christian origins.

Dr. Philip Rolnick
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Dr. Mark McInroy

Associate Chair, Associate Professor

Dr. Mark McInroy recently published Image as Theology: The Power of Art in Shaping Christian Thought, Devotion, and Imagination, co-edited with C. A. Strine and Alexis Torrance. His current research examines theological aesthetics (theology of beauty) and Christian theologies of deification.

Dr. Mark McInroy
Theology News

Contact Information

Interested in learning more? We'd love to hear from you.

Tel: 651-962-5300 

Email: theology@stthomas.edu  

Fax: 651-962-5310 

Mailing Address

Mail # JRC 109
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105

Campus Location

Our offices are located on the first floor of the John Roach Center for the Liberal Arts (JRC 109).