Theology is a scholarly study of the mystery of human existence and the interdependence of women and men as they relate to God. Theology examines the human experiences that have given rise to questions of religion such as the meaning of life and death, the existence of a personal God, the search for human values, issues of peace and justice, contemporary spirituality, and ministry of the laity. These questions have no answers. Rather they invite inquiry into reality in a unique way by engaging one in reflection that yearns for Sabbath, i.e. sacred time set aside to ponder the depth of the richness and wisdom of God in human beings, in human history, and in all of creation. Following upon this, it seems that the theology student comes to this discipline already with a prerequisite: the desire to rest in the depths of holy mystery. The theology minor provides the discipline necessary for this unique way of inquiry through a sequence of courses in scriptural, historical, systematic, and moral theology, and pastoral ministry.
The theology minor is a perfect augment to many majors. Students majoring in the social sciences, education or nursing have found that theological studies can provide a greater depth as to how and why we care about the many issues in society, education and healthcare. Students in the empirical sciences can be enriched by theology's encompassing approach to the natural world as a window that reveals the presence of divine activity in the cosmos. Finally, students who choose Liberal Studies as a major will find the theology minor to be an exciting complement to their other minors.
Students who minor in theology must take 18 to 24 credits in the department, including TH 101.
The student and advisor plan the program in accordance with the student’s interests.