Theology, Bachelor of Arts

St. John's College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Queens Campus, Staten Island Campus


St. John's students in Theology and Religious Studies represent various faith perspectives and nationalities and pursue an outstanding theological education in order to achieve their goals. Some are considering teaching careers, and others may enter the ministry. Some of our students are professionals in theology and return to St. John's to further their knowledge. As a group, St. John's students are dedicated, interesting, and ready to share their knowledge and expertise with their fellow students. Many of them hold full-time jobs in religious organizations and institutions or volunteer as ministers in their church communities. This rich and varied student body provides stimulation and thought-provoking conversation in classes, colloquia, and public lectures.


Department Contacts

Christopher P. Vogt, Ph.D., Chair
Theology and Religious Studies
St.John Hall Room B26
Queens, NY 11439

Nicholas M. Healy, Ph.D., Assistant Chair
Professor, Theology and Religious Studies
St. John Hall B20-1
Queens, NY  11439

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Admission Requirements

  • Applications for admission should be completed during the second semester of the sophomore year; incoming freshmen may apply for provisional admission.
  • Applicants must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 at the end of the sophomore year, and a 3.5 index in at least 12 credits of Theology, applicable to the major.
  • In consultation with their advisor, B.A./M.A. students enroll in 100-level graduate courses during their junior year, and upper-level graduate courses in their senior year.
  • Students must plan to take afternoon and evening courses (after 4:10 PM) once graduate level work commences. Graduate courses meet once per week for two hours.

Undergraduate Admission Contacts
Office of Admission
St. John’s University
8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, NY 11439
1 (888) 9STJOHNS

Staten Island
Office of Admission
St. John’s University
300 Howard Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10301


General Financial Aid Information

Reflecting our Vincentian Mission, St. John's has a long tradition of bringing a high quality, private education within the financial reach of all our students with opportunities for financial assistance through scholarships, loans, grants and work-study programs. For more information visit our Student Financial Services web site.

Financial Aid Programs for Theology and Religious Studies Students

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistantships are offered to a limited number of students. They are awarded on the basis of several factors, including grade point average, Graduate Record Exam scores, and recommendations. Graduate assistantships cover full tuition and provide a small stipend for other expenses. Graduate assistants must be full-time students.

Richard Kugelman Scholarship

Named in honor of a former chairperson of the Theology and Religious Studies Department at St. John's, the Kugelman scholarship provides full or partial tuition for highly qualified students interested in Scripture study. Awards are made on a competitive basis and are renewable for the entire program. 

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Career Outcomes

In today's rapidly changing world, a background in theology and religious studies is an important component of a well-rounded liberal arts education. Professionals in every walk of life (from the marketplace to the classroom, to the practice of law and medicine) draw on religious values as they make decisions and take actions that have a global impact.

The graduates of our programs are pastors and pastoral ministers, chancery officials and pastoral administrators. They teach in high schools, colleges, seminaries and universities. Many move on to higher studies and doctoral programs. Some are pastoral associates, and liturgical ministers, youth ministers, and directors of religious education in parishes in North America, Europe and Africa. 

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Additional Information

Theta Alpha Kappa Honor Society

History and Purposes

In 1976, Brother Albert Clark, F.S.C., established Theta Alpha Kappa at Manhattan College in Riverdale (the Bronx), New York for the purpose of recognizing the academic achievements of religion and theology students.  Since then, Theta Alpha Kappa has grown to more than two hundred chapters nationally in four-year educational institutions ranging from small religiously affiliated colleges to large public research institutions.  It is the only national honor society dedicated to recognizing academic excellence in baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate students and in scholars in the fields of Religious Studies and Theology.

Induction requires nomination by a local chapter and, to be eligible, students must have a 3.5 GPA in Religious Studies and/or Theology and a 3.0 GPA overall.  Residency, class ranking, and unit requirements must also be met.

In addition to encouraging the activities of local chapters, Theta Alpha Kappa maintains a vigorous national program of scholarship awards and fellowship competitions; its primary publication, the Journal of Theta Alpha Kappa, offers an annual prize and the publication of outstanding student papers.

Theta Alpha Kappa is an affiliated society of the American Academy of Religion and is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies.  TAK’s annual meeting is help in conjunction with the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion.  TAK is a not-for-profit educational organization of the State of New York.  For additional information, visit the website at

St. John’s University

Alpha Alpha Chapter
St. John’s University has been a member of TAK since its inception.  TAK currently sponsors several academic gatherings featuring invited speakers, colloquia and symposia on topics related to the study of theology and religion.  There are also several social gatherings during the school year.   For more information or to submit an application, please contact the Department of Theology located in B-26, St. John’s Hall. 


Eligible St. John’s students who are registered majors or minors in Theology and Religious Studies are invited to join St. John's chapter of Theta Alpha Kappa (TAK), the national honor society in theology and religious studies. St. John’s Alpha Alpha chapter of TAK is one of the oldest TAK chapters in the country.

Specific requirements for chapter membership, set by the national society, are as follows:

  • For undergrads: 3 completed semesters in residence here at St. John’s; for grads: ½ of their residency requirement; (note: if you were a theology major as an undergraduate and are now a graduate student at SJU, then semesters in residence at other institutions would count toward this requirement);
  • A minimum of 12 credits earned in theology and religious studies;
  • Cumulative GPAs of 3.5 in theology/religious studies AND 3.0 overall; and,
  • Class rank in the upper 35%.

To find out more, visit the national TAK Web site or contact St. John’s TAK Co-Moderators Patrick Flanagan, C.M. or Dr. Habibeh Rahim. After determining eligibility, you can enroll in TAK directly through the web site after receiving authorization and a chapter code.

2012-2013 Chapter Members

Slounedy Colin-Pierre    

Paul Morisi

Paige Miller                                                     

Christian Rada

Theresa Joy Ann Uy

Brendan Hickey

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