What is Theology?

Theology is the study of God and religion. It is a broad and interdisciplinary field that encompasses a wide range of topics, including scripture, history, philosophy, ethics, and culture. Have you ever wondered about the big questions in life? What is our purpose? What happens after death? Why is there suffering? 

Theology tackles these fundamental questions through the lens of faith, providing a deeper understanding of ourselves, the world, and our place within it. A Theology degree from Saint Peter’s University can prepare you for a variety of careers in both religious and secular settings.

When you study theology, you sharpen your critical reading skills, think through complex ideas, argue positions logically and communicate your thoughts clearly. These are personally satisfying and highly transferable skills to almost any career. Our starting point is the mystery of God’s relationship with humanity.

We are Christian and Catholic in our religious tradition and explicitly Jesuit in our approach to teaching. The courses we offer you examine the various doctrinal, biblical, spiritual, historical, and moral issues that make up that tradition are the focus of our teaching. But we also recognize that we serve a richly diverse group of students so we are open to a wide range of religious perspectives.

The theology department is ecumenical in welcoming adjunct lecturers from a variety of non-Catholic backgrounds. We are committed to dialogue in order to advance respect for all forms of religious belief, as well as the individual right to reject religious belief.

What makes theology at Saint Peter’s University different?

At Saint Peter’s University, the study of Theology is a profound journey into the heart of diverse religious traditions, sacred texts, and the complex tapestry of philosophical and ethical issues that shape our world. 

In this journey, our community is guided by a deep-rooted commitment to seeking understanding, compassion, and justice in every discourse and discovery. Our approach to Theology goes beyond academic inquiry; it is a call to engage with the world’s challenges thoughtfully and ethically.

As you delve into these rich traditions and texts, you are equipped with more than knowledge. You develop critical thinking, effective communication, and analytical skills, honed through a lens of ethical consideration and the pursuit of the greater good. 

These are not just valuable tools for any career path but are essential qualities for you, as a leader who aims to make a meaningful difference in your communities and beyond.

At Saint Peter’s University, Theology is not just an academic discipline; it’s a pathway to understanding the broader human experience and our place within it and shaping Peacocks like you who are ready to contribute to society with integrity, empathy, and a relentless drive for social justice, reflecting the core of our values and mission.

Whether you’re seeking personal growth, intellectual challenge, or preparation for ministry, studying theology at Saint Peter’s University will equip you with the knowledge and skills to make a difference in the world.

Peacocks will take courses such as:

  • Religious Faith in the Modern World
  • Intro to the Study of Christianity
  • Old Testament Introduction
  • Who is Jesus Christ?

What can I do with a theology degree from Saint Peter’s University?

Peacocks with a Theology degree can pursue a variety of careers, including:

  • Religious Minister
  • Director of Religious Education
  • Teacher
  • Chaplain
  • Program Development at Non-Profit
  • Non-Profit Advocate
  • Social Worker
  • Lawyer
  • Legal Advocate
  • Businessperson

In addition to the careers listed above, Peacocks with a Theology degree are also well-prepared for a variety of other professions. You will have strong research, writing, and communication skills. You are also trained to think critically and to solve complex problems—skills that are in high demand in many different fields.

With its strong Theology program and its commitment to social justice, Saint Peter’s University is the perfect place to prepare you for success in a variety of careers.