Theology - BA

The theology major at St. Kate's offers opportunities to reflect on historical and theological aspects of religious experiences, practice and traditions, particularly, but not exclusively, within the Judeo-Christian framework. Students who choose theology as their major will investigate the biblical, historical, liturgical and doctrinal traditions of Christianity and also will become acquainted with the moral issues, spiritual aspirations and intellectual journeys of contemporary believers. The theology major is very flexible, which allows students to pursue those areas of study that they find most intriguing.

Theology majors find that many job opportunities await in youth ministry, social justice ministry and religious education ministry. Many students select theology as a second major or a minor, in combination with work in another area such as communications, education, history, literature, nursing, philosophy, psychology or social work. St. Kate's theology majors have pursued a range of careers, putting their knowledge and skills to work in many different ways, including founding a facility for AIDS patients, working as a self-employed marriage and family therapist, working as a spiritual director, founding speaker series and facilitating grief groups.

Outstanding theology students may be invited to join Theta Alpha Kappa, the national theology honor society.

See also:  Spiritual Direction Certificate (information about this program, as well as the graduate level Pastoral Ministry certificate, can be found in the University's graduate catalog)

This major is offered in the College for Women.


Theology Major Requirements

Eight theology courses, of which at least four must be at the 3000-level or higher. Students interested in the major should plan an integrated program with their faculty advisor. At least five of the courses must be taken in the Theology Department at St. Catherine University.

NOTE: Students who transfer theology courses worth fewer than four credits may need to take more than eight theology courses to reach the 32 credit minimum.

Students apply for admission to the major after taking at least three theology courses from at least two different instructors.

Graduating theology majors are required to submit a portfolio to the Theology Department that displays their work in theology; further details about this requirement are provided by faculty advisors.

Teaching Religion Certificate

This certificate is offered in the College for Women.

This certificate is designed for education majors to help them begin the ministry of teaching religion in grade schools or high schools. Students complete a total of five theology courses and a practicum. The practicum experience is completed through the Education Department in the student's student teaching experience. Contact the Education Department for details about the student teaching experience.


Select one from the following:4
Educating for Life: Religious Education in Christian Communities
Passing on the Faith - The Ministry of Faith Formation
Select four additional theology courses. Recommended:16
One scripture course
One THEO course cross-listed with CRST or WOST
One writing-intensive THEO course
One other THEO course that adds breadth to the course of study
Total Credits20

Theology majors fulfill the Writing Requirement for Majors by taking any one of the 3000-level theology courses that are designated as writing intensive. They complete the Liberal Arts and Sciences Core Writing Requirement with three other writing-intensive courses (CORE 1000W The Reflective Woman or CORE 2000W The Reflective Woman, CORE 3990W Global Search for Justice, and any other writing-intensive course in this or another department).