St. John's College of Liberal Arts and SciencesQueens Campus, Staten Island Campus
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.
Christopher P. Vogt, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair
St.John Hall Room B26
Michael Dempsey, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Assistant Chair
St. John Hall, B20
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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.