At Saint Joseph’s University, theology majors reflect deeply on the foundation, historical development, and ethical concerns of the Catholic faith. Students also consider how Catholicism relates to other Christian and non-Christian traditions. Additionally, majors explore the foundations of the Christian faith and its effects on society.
As a Theology major at Saint Joseph's, you will learn about and use the methods of its sub-fields – systematic theology, ethics, biblical studies – to explore the Bible, Jesus Christ, the Church, tradition history, doctrinal development, liturgy, personal and communal morality and interfaith relations. The curriculum’s flexibility allows majors to complete double majors in such disciplines as English, philosophy, political science, psychology, sociology, religious studies or the arts. You will also acquire important skills that are essential in any career: how to read carefully, think critically, formulate persuasive arguments, and communicate clearly.
Study Abroad Opportunities
At Saint Joseph’s, our theology faculty are noted experts. All students may undertake an independent study under faculty mentorship, and can also engage in study tours to Poland, Bolivia, Greece and the Dominican Republic, which are led by individual faculty.
Upon graduation, theology majors often seek opportunities for active service through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps or Peace Corps. Others choose to teach in private and parochial schools, or to work in the non-profit sector.
In addition to theology or religious studies, you will be well prepared to pursue an advanced degree in education, law, journalism, psychology, sociology, social work, and any other field requiring the breadth of knowledge, critical discernment, creativity and communication skills offered by other humanities disciplines.