Bachelor of Arts in Theology

  • Overview

    Saint Joseph’s College’s theology students will gain knowledge and understanding of Catholic theology, including the Bible, the creeds, and the ideas and practices of Catholicism and other major religions.

    As a theology major, you will investigate texts with consideration of the religious, historical, cultural, and literary contexts in which they were produced. Regardless of your personal faith, you will learn to understand and decipher subjects in history, philosophy, language, and you will reflect on the fundamental questions of human existence.

    At a Glance

    • Opportunities for independent study, internships, and international service trips.
    • Broad set of courses in which both Catholics and non-Catholics can feel comfortable and engaged.
    • Students may take up to two online classes to fulfill major—and for those who qualify, those two can be graduate courses counting toward a master's degree in theology.
    • Ability to double major and minor opportunities.
    • Our faculty includes renowned scholars who have authored books, articles, and monographs.
  • Curriculum

    The Bachelor of Arts in Theology covers a wide range of religious topics, many of which look at Catholicism and other major religions from historical, theological, and scriptural perspectives. Students majoring in theology often double major in English, history, philosophy, psychology, science, or sociology. This degree includes two semesters of foreign language study and a requirement to complete a 20-credit minor in another academic field.

    A minor in theology is available and requires students to take 20 credit hours.

  • Some of our faculty
    • Daniel P. Sheridan

      Professor of Theology

      PhD, Fordham University
      MA, St. John’s University
      BA, Passionist Monastic Seminary

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    • Sr. Marilyn Sunderman, RSM

      Professor of Theology, Chair of Theology

      PhD, Fordham University
      MA, Aquinas College
      MA, University of Cincinnati
      BA, Edgecliff College

      Learn more about Sr. Marilyn

    • Steven L. Bridge

      Professor of Theology

      PhD, Marquette University
      MA, Marquette University
      BA, Hope College

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    Daniel P. Sheridan

    Professor of Theology

    PhD, Fordham University
    MA, St. John’s University
    BA, Passionist Monastic Seminary

    Learn more about Dan

    Sr. Marilyn Sunderman, RSM

    Professor of Theology, Chair of Theology

    PhD, Fordham University
    MA, Aquinas College
    MA, University of Cincinnati
    BA, Edgecliff College

    Learn more about Sr. Marilyn

    Steven L. Bridge

    Professor of Theology

    PhD, Marquette University
    MA, Marquette University
    BA, Hope College

    Learn more about Steve

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  • Student Stories
    • Katelyn Brown

      “The professors are really what makes the program so great! They each have their own unique teaching style that creates a complete picture.” Read more about Katelyn.

    • Mary Anne Wallace

      On the waterfront: a ministry of presence 

      Mary Anne Wallace '63 manages a nonprofit marine ministry group in the Marine Trade Center on Portland's waterfront. Her organization provides care and compassion along with clothing, magazines, phone cards and just about anything else foreign crews need when they make it to port.

  • Career Moves
    Students will be educated for entry into many different occupations, such as careers in teaching, law, religious education, religious vocation or ministry, and even business. Many alumni are employed in the fields of youth ministry, secondary education, retreat and counseling services, social work, nonprofit fundraising, diocesan programming, and ordained ministry.