Theology invites students to grapple with some of the fundamental questions of humanity, and to learn to draw upon the fundamental sources of Catholic Christianity, namely, Revelation (Scripture and Tradition) and Church teaching. Furthermore, students will use the tools of philosophy and reason to study Scripture, Tradition and Church teaching. This foundation reflects the mission and values of Anna Maria College, and the charisms of Blessed Marie-Anne Blondin. The study of theology builds upon thousands of years of discourse and reflection, and on the foundational elements of both faith and reason. Students in this major will practice the valuable skills of thinking and reading critically, as well as writing and speaking clearly and persuasively, on some of the most relevant, complex and life-defining topics, such as relationships, community, calling, work, service, peace and justice. The Theology major prepares students for graduate study or for a profession in a pastorally related field. These include various ministry roles (e.g., with youth, campus ministry), teaching in a Catholic school, religious education, community services, or a vocation to the diaconate or priesthood.

Students successfully completing the Bachelor’s degree in Theology will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the use of the following research tools: Bible notes, Bible dictionary, concordance;
  • Demonstrate the use of a Catholic Christian theological vocabulary;
  • Find specific passages in the Bible and in Church teaching documents, and discuss these passages in relationship to fundamental theological concepts, methods and questions;
  • Describe ways that contemporary events and trends in the US Catholic Church fit within the larger context of the history of the Church around the world;
  • Describe the Catholic understanding of various contributions that individuals can make toward forming a more peaceful society;
  • Analyze, in discussion and in writing, the nature of the relationship between faith and reason;
  • Communicate effectively in discourse and in writing that is clear, coherent and representative of complex thought.

Requirements Credits

General Education Requirements - 51 credits
Theology Core - 30 credits
Minor (optional but strongly encouraged) and/or General Electives - 39 credits In addition to the required course THE 210 Introduction to Theology and the required second theology course (in the General Education category Catholic Intellectual Tradition), pursuing the theology major requires ten additional courses, as follows:

  • THE 114 - Bible, Tradition and Church Teaching
  • THE 310 - Jesus, Fully Human, Fully Divine
  • THE 316 - Sacramental and Liturgical Theology
  • Church History 1 course
  • Scripture 2 courses
  • Catholic Art/Literature 1 course
  • Catholic Spirituality or Morality 1 course
  • Student choice in conjunction with advisor 2 courses

Minor in Theology

Requirements: 18 credits
Students minoring in Theology must complete THE210 Introduction to Theology and the required second theology course (in the General Education category Catholic Worldview), even if not required as a transfer student, plus four (4) additional courses as follows:

  • THE 114 Bible, Tradition and Church Teaching 
  • 1 additional 200 level THE course
  • 2 additional 300 level THE courses