Theology, Pastoral Ministry

Theology, Pastoral Ministry
Type of Degree: 
Bachelor of Arts
Average Time of Commitment/Completion: 
4 years

The program of study in Theology at St. Gregory’s University seeks to engage students in the rigorous study of the Catholic tradition and to foster a dedication to the love of God and the love of neighbor. While St. Gregory’s University encourages all students to study Theology, live their faith and participate in the Benedictine life of work and prayer, a major in Theology brings the richness of the Catholic tradition to a deeper relevance in everyday living. Grounded in the doctrinal, biblical, spiritual, historical, ethical and pastoral dimensions of the Catholic Faith, Theology majors are called to the understanding and practice of the teachings of the Church and of Benedictine values.

Two degrees are offered at St. Gregory’s, one in Theology and one in Pastoral Ministry. These allow students to explore the academic and systematic foundations of Theology, as well as the practical application of their study in pastoral settings. Critical thinking skills are developed, Church teaching is more richly understood and the formation of a life of faith that is just, charitable and prayerful is experienced. The Department encourages participation in theological organizations, campus ministry and service to the community.

Examples Of Careers/Jobs That Are Suited To This Major: 

University teaching and research, pursuit of a religious vocation (seminarian, deacon, priest, brother, sister), primary or secondary school religion teacher, catechist, director of religious education, pastoral associate, youth and young adult ministry, director of liturgy and music, family life ministry, Catholic journalism, social services director, hospital and prison ministry

Examples Of This Major’s Core Classes: 

Introduction to Sacred Scripture, Introduction to Christian Theology, Christian Moral Vision, Jesus and the Gospels, Christian Spirituality, History of Christianity I and II, Branches of Christianity, Catholic Perspectives in Education, Studies in Old Testament Literature, Studies in New Testament Literature, World Religious Traditions, The Trinity, Christology, The Eucharist, The Nature and Mission of the Church, Sacramental Theology, Theology and Practice of Ministry, Faith Development and Formation, Ministry in an Ecumenical and Interfaith Context, Religion and American Culture, Seminar in Historical Theology, Seminar in Systematic Theology, Pastoral Ministry Practicum.

Special Activities/Opportunities You’ll Experience At St. Gregory’s: 

Theta Alpha Kappa Honors Society, ITEST (Institute for Theological Encounter with Science and Technology) Chapter, Campus Ministry and FIDE Office, Buckley Retreat Team and a wide variety of regular reading, discussion and study groups.

Our Commitment To You: 

The Department of Theology and Philosophy is dedicated to encouraging our students, through the means of both reason and faith, to come to a deeper understanding of themselves, their world and their Creator.

We are committed to a model of education based firmly upon Catholic and classical, liberal arts principles, which seeks to educate the whole person morally, intellectually and spiritually.

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