Theology

The theology degree program at The Woods is built on the understanding of theology as “faith seeking understanding,” and equips students with the knowledge to pursue that process. Courses in the theology degree program are designed to deepen your understanding of your faith, examine it critically, and learn the language and ways of thinking necessary to articulate it in a clear, coherent and meaningful manner. The Theology major prepares you to enter into an intelligent and informed dialogue with both the world at large and your own faith community.

Theology is a truly integrative discipline that draws from many other disciplines as tools for its methodology: philosophy, psychology, sociology, cultural anthropology, history, art, music, literature and the natural sciences.

The College offers the following degrees and programs :

On Campus or Online

  • Campus: Choose a traditional classroom experience by getting your degree on campus at one of the oldest Catholic colleges in the nation.
  • Online: Earn your degree through our online seminary program. Take advantage of the flexibility of Online Degrees and obtain your online theology degree through Woods Online.

Careers in Theology

Theology graduates have found careers in a variety of areas including:

  • Service ministry: counseling; hospice work; pastoral care in health care facilities; soup kitchens and thrift stores; retreats; youth ministry; campus minister.
  • Religious education: Director of Religious Education; leaders of the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults; faith development; religion teacher; curriculum designer.
  • Publishing: writing and/or editing diocesan or denominational newspapers; editing magazines and journals; book and magazine reviews; religious education materials.
  • Liturgical ministry: office of worship; music and choral directing; parish liturgy planning.
  • Church administration: parish associate; Church tribunals; denominational headquarters; personnel management.

Students sometimes discover that a second major or minor in another field such as business, psychology, English, journalism, foreign language, music or education enhances their career preparation.

How We Prepare You

A theology degree prepares students for a future in

  • Lay service and leadership: Because the Catholic Church and most Protestant denominations now need and want greater lay involvement in the ministries of their churches, it is important that those who desire to offer themselves for service in today's world have a strong theological foundation.
  • Ministry preparation: If you feel called to service or ministry in your church, the theology major will prepare you for graduate study in theology or seminary studies

Do I have to be Roman Catholic to major in theology?

No. Our courses in theology are, for the most part, applicable to practically all Christian denominations. Among our majors (past and present), we have had Lutherans, Episcopalians, Methodists, Mennonites, American Baptists. In addition, our faculty also includes professors who are not Roman Catholic, which provides a wider perspective for our program.