Theology is about learning how to explore and question the many beliefs people hold as self-evident. What does it mean to be human? How shall we live? What does it mean to believe in God (or not)? Why are there so many religions?
As a Theology major at St. John's, you examine these questions and more within a Christian context and in dialogue with other traditions and disciplines. You learn how to interpret sacred texts and examine religious beliefs as intellectual and lived realities. You can choose to learn how theologians engage contemporary issues such as environmental ethics or race and religion in the United States, and other topics that relate to your academic and professional interests.
We encourage you to broaden the scope of your studies by pursuing a minor or double major. Studying theology helps you develop critical thinking skills that will help you no matter your career path or second major. Theology is an excellent major that can enable critical conversation with other disciplines, such as History, Psychology, English, or philosophy.
The Department of Theology and Religious Studies at St. John’s welcomes students from every religious and non-religious background. We pride ourselves on diversity and a rich and varied student body that is conducive to stimulating and thought-provoking conversation in our classes, colloquia, and public lectures.
For more information about admission to this and other acclaimed undergraduate programs at St. John’s University, please visit Undergraduate Admission.
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The B.A. in Theology prepares graduates who have an understanding of the Christian and more particularly the Catholic theological tradition. You develop the ability to think and write critically about Christian history and theological topics, and gain the tools to apply your knowledge to further study and professional work.
A background in Theology and Religious Studies is an important part of a well-rounded liberal arts education. Professionals in fields such as business, education, law, and medicine draw upon religious values as they make decisions that impact globally. Our students leverage their outstanding theological education to establish successful careers in the non-profit sector, teaching, ministry, law, medicine, or as professional theologians.
Eligible Theology and Religious Studies students have access to a wide range of academic and professional opportunities through the Theta Alpha Kappa honor society.
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The minor in Africana Studies requires 15 credits including HIS 3400 African Civilizations and the African Diaspora and four of the following courses, representing at least three different disciplines.
The combined Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Master of Science (M.S.) program in Asian Studies and Accounting offers highly-motivated students the opportunity to complete their undergraduate and graduate degrees in five years of full-time study.
The combined Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) in Asian Studies and Business Administration offers highly-motivated students the opportunity to complete both undergraduate and graduate degrees in five years of full-time study.
The combined Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) / Master of Arts (M.A.) program in Asian studies and East Asian studies offers highly-motivated students the opportunity to complete their undergraduate and graduate degrees in five years of full-time study.
The Institute for Asian Studies was established in 1959. Our goal is to foster, facilitate, and enhance a global, multicultural, multiethnic, and multilingual education at St John's University.
As an Asian Studies major, you will engage in comprehensive and critical study of the cultural and linguistic development of the Asian world, both as a whole and as individual societies.
The Master of Arts (M.A.) program in Chinese Studies at St. John’s will provide you with a solid foundation in the language, history, and culture of China.
Salve! The Classics and Ancient Studies minors offer students the tools to understand and appreciate the ancient world. These minors study the culture, language, politics, philosophy, and religion of antiquity.
The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies provides a comprehensive curriculum that prepares you for graduate school or for a career in advocacy, the arts, business, education, government, journalism, law, public health, and social work.
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The Master of Arts (M.A.) program in East Asian Studies at St. John’s offers you comprehensive and critical study of the historical, social, economic, political, and cultural developments of the Asian world.
This minor will prepare students for the demands of a highly competitive international marketplace by building their global competencies and appreciation of different French-speaking cultures across five continents. Several courses that apply to this minor are offered in English.
The following minors are open to all St. John’s undergraduates but are especially beneficial to students majoring in: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Studies, Legal Studies, Government and Politics, Business Administration, English, History, Education, and Philosophy.
The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) offers an interdisciplinary certificate for students who want to learn about the cultures and societies of our neighbors to the south, as well as for those who are considering a career with involvement in the Latin American and Caribbean area.
This advanced certificate program offers students who have already earned a Master of Arts in Theology or a related field opportunities for extended, specialized graduate study.
For highly-motivated students, St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers a combined Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Master of Arts (M.A.) program in Theology. The program allows you to complete your undergraduate and graduate degrees in five years of full-time study, with internships available at the graduate level.
St. John's Master of Arts (M.A.) program in Theology combines the academic rigor of a world-class university with lively concern for informed and effective pastoral ministry in the twenty-first century Church.
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