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Curious about religious experiences, practice and traditions? As a theology major at St. Kate’s, you will reflect on these areas, particularly, but not exclusively, within the Judeo-Christian framework. You’ll investigate the biblical, historical, liturgical and doctrinal traditions of Christianity, and also become acquainted with the moral issues, spiritual aspirations and intellectual journeys of contemporary believers.

Career opportunities are available in ministries related to youth, social justice and religious education. Many of our students select theology in combination with another field such as communications, education, art, history, literature, nursing, philosophy, psychology or social work.

"Spirituality is the core of my journey. People don't expect it from a politician." — alumna Elizabeth Kautz, mayor of Burnsville, Minnesota

Stretch your viewpoint and skills

The St. Kate’s community values diversity and our theology faculty welcomes all, regardless of religious background. All St. Kate’s students pursuing B.A. and B.S. degrees are required to take at least one course in theology to fulfill the liberal arts requirements.

In addition to a theology major and minor, we offer certificates in pastoral ministry and catechetical ministry, which you may earn with or without a bachelor’s degree or while pursuing the Master of Arts in Theology. St. Kate’s also offers a concentration in teaching high school religion.

Big picture, interdisciplinary

Our curriculum spans disciplines, including the social and natural sciences — so you learn how religious history and thought applies to work, life and play. Classes cover such topics as “Faith,” “Women and the Bible,” “Christian Marriage,” “Suffering, Compassion and Healing” and “War, Peace and the Apocalypse.”

In “The Bible Goes to the Movies” course, you read and analyze biblical texts and compare your understanding with that of the filmmaker's interpretation. In “Studies in World Religions,” a very popular course taught by Professor Bill McDonough, you survey major religious traditions, with special attention to the relationship between Christianity and religions such as Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism.

At St. Kate’s, you develop strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills through classes in the liberal arts, including psychology, math and philosophy.

Shape your own future

St. Kate’s theology major is very flexible, allowing you to pursue areas you find most intriguing. It is an excellent stand-alone program, but it also integrates well with many other disciplines.

Alumna Jiselle Dziuk, for example, successfully combined theology and biology.  Alumna Kate Brantingham’s double major in philosophy and theology helped shape her master's thesis on immigration policy in the United Kingdom. She earned a master's degree in international relations at the University of Kent, Canterbury, England.

Outstanding faculty

St. Kate’s theology faculty are outstanding teachers, respected scholars and involved professionals and community members. They are highly published, with more than 15 books and hundreds of journal articles and book reviews to their credit in the last decade. Their areas of expertise represent a broad section of the range of theological thinking taking place today.

For example, Professor Chris Franke focuses on biblical studies, the Hebrew Scriptures and has a special interest in the role of women in the Bible. Professor Vincent Skemp teaches New Testament and liberationist readings of the Bible. Colleen Mary Carpenter is a systematic theologian with expertise in ecological theology and theology of the arts.