Rooted in the Catholic, Benedictine tradition, our department's mission is to help students explore ultimate questions about God and the world. We do this primarily by offering a wide variety of courses on Sacred Scripture and the Christian tradition, as well as courses in Judaism, Islam and other world religions. Special attention is given in our course offerings to the theological dimensions of contemporary questions. Our approach is comprehensive and interdisciplinary as we encourage each of our students to come to a coherent and meaningful worldview grounded in faith and supported by reason.
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Overview of Program
As an academic discipline, Christian theology includes the study of Sacred Scripture, church history, doctrine, spirituality, morality, liturgy, pastoral ministry, and Christianity in relation to other religions.
At CSB/SJU, theology is a vital part of our liberal arts education. It is comprehensive and interdisciplinary. It is the area where mind and heart can meet in an effort to make sense of life's perplexities and to build a coherent worldview grounded in faith.
- Our rigorous curriculum for theology majors and minors is one of the most comprehensive in the country.
- College students may take graduate-level theology courses at the Saint John's School of Theology.
- Theology majors may get a head start on a master's degree, which can be completed with only one additional year's study at the School of Theology.
- Resources available to students include the largest men's and women's Benedictine monasteries in the country, outstanding library holdings in theology, Collegeville Institute for Ecumenical & Cultural Research, Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning, Koch Chair in Catholic Thought and Culture, Youth in Theology/Ministry Institute, and two programs on the theological exploration of vocation.