“The discussions in my theology classes were not only productive and fun, but also made me realize we all share much more than we think. Learning with and from each other, guided by our awesome Jesuits, was a once in a lifetime opportunity!”– Dimana Neykova ’11
This might surprise you. Theology is for everyone.
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.
Theology prepares you especially for a life of service to church and society-- as a teacher of theology and religion, as a vowed religious man or woman, as ordained minister or parish lay leader, as a child or adult faith formator, or as advocate for peace, justice, and interfaith issues.
Theology deepens your understanding of the human person and the place of humans in the universe. It answers questions of ultimate concern: the origin and purpose of human life, the mystery of suffering, the final destiny of humans.
Theology nurtures contemporary dialogues between religion and science, e.g. on belief in creation and the theory of evolution, and between faith and reason, e.g. belief in revealed eternal truths and the insights of developmental psychology.
Broaden Your Vision
Theology broadens your vision and grasp of reality. It explores the precarious advance of human society—its progress is inevitably accompanied by decline and fall, hence the need of redemption. It attends to the question of the co- existence of good and evil, of justice and injustice.
Theology provides you with language and concepts to articulate the deeper movements of the human spirit. Theology names the source of profound human longing and desiring for truth and love, and explores its expression in inspired narrative, ritual, symbol, and movement.
The Common Good
Theology expands and challenges the framework of meaning and operations of economic life. It expounds on the inherent dignity of human labor and the ultimate purpose of material reality and its harnessing for the common good of all people.
Theology & Business
Theology offers a counter-narrative to narrow ideological conceptions of the marketplace, by drawing inspiration from the wisdom of sacred writings and religious traditions.