Why Major in Theology?
Theology and Religion Are Also Important in Today's World
Religion plays a crucial role, for example, in nearly every American Presidential election, as well as in the controversies regarding Israel and the Middle East. Indeed, as noted by Dr. Susan Wood, SCL, Theology Department Chair, in a recent edition of Marquette Magazine, a good grasp of religion and theology is crucial for understanding today's world.
As a major in Theology, you will be challenged to think both critically and faithfully about life's most meaningful questions, developing a set of skills--habits of heart and mind--that will serve you well wherever you may go, whatever you may do. Theology will help liberate you. It will help you find your way, not just in a career, but in life.
An Edge in the Job Market
The Theology Major is practical. As a major, you will learn to think and read carefully and critically, to write and speak clearly and persuasively, on some of the most complex topics. You’ll learn about other religions, such as Islam and Judaism. And you’ll learn to understand better how religious convictions shape us ethically, as responsible members of the human community. What employer would not consider that an advantage?
A recent alumna currently working as a neo-natal pediatrician said that “my theology background has allowed me to examine ethical issues that I encounter with challenging patients (infants who are premature or are critically ill) in a different light. I also think it helps me personally as I try to make sense of the pain and sorrow these babies' families experience.”
In addition, our graduates are currently enjoying a variety of careers in public policy, medicine, law and publishing. Combine a secondary Theology major with just about anything else, and the chances are you’ll have a winning combination.
Faculty members in Theology are outstanding scholars, and teachers.
There are two different Theology majors:
Requires 33 credit hours in Theology, including:
- Historical Theology
- Systematic Theology
- World Religions
Depending on a student's preparation and educational needs, other courses may be substituted by approval of the departmental advisor, who may also suggest cognate courses in other departments. Students preparing for graduate studies in theology are encouraged to begin courses in a necessary classical (Greek/Hebrew/Latin) or modern language (French/German).
It is simple. The Theology Minor consists of six courses, including THEO 1001, one course at the 2000-level, and four courses at the 4000-level or above. For students in the Klingler College of Arts & Sciences, this means that you only need three additional Theology courses beyond your Core and College requirements to qualify for the Theology Minor.
Requires 36 credit hours in Theology, including:
This major also requires 19 hours in Education:
For full program details and requirements, please refer to the THEOLOGY CURRICULUM section in the Undergraduate Bulletin.
ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS (INEE)
Reflect upon the ethical dimensions of environmental issues with studies in biology, economics, philosophy, physics, theology and other disciplines.
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JUSTICE AND PEACE (INJP)
Courses focusing on conceptualizing justice and peace, bridging social communities, promoting social and economic justice, and resolving violent conflict.
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For information on all of the Interdisciplinary Majors and Minors offered through the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, click here.