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Theology, Bachelor of Arts

BA Theology
120 Credits
St. John's College of Liberal Arts and 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
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Michael Dempsey, Ph.D., Assistant Chair
St. John Hall, B-20 Cubicle 2
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For more information about admission to this and other acclaimed undergraduate programs at St. John’s University, please visit Undergraduate Admission online. Or contact us directly at the campus of your choice:

Admission Office - Queens Campus
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Admission Office -  Staten Island campus
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Tuition and Financial Aid

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.

Richard Kugelman Scholarship
Named in honor of a former chair of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies 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. 


The BA in Theology prepares graduates who have an understanding of the Christian and more particularly the Catholic theological tradition. Students develop the ability to think and write critically about Christian history and theological topics, and have the tools to apply their knowledge to further study and professional work.

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 field (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, liturgical ministers, youth ministers, and directors of religious education in parishes in North America, Europe and Africa. 

Additional Information

Eligible Theology and Religious Studies students have access to a wide range of academic and professional opportunities through the Theta Alpha Kappa honor society.