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Theology (BA)

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Why study theology?

To study Theology at USF is to deepen your own faith while developing the skills needed to serve God and the world. Our curriculum will give you a thorough understanding of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition and its greatest thinkers, from Saint Augustan to Pope John Paul II.

In addition, you will:

  • Meet and learn from leaders of all religious practices
  • Strengthen your critical thinking and communication skills
  • Participate in real-world settings with internships throughout the region
  • Personalize your Degree

Our curriculum allows you to concentrate in additional academic areas in order to build a personalized degree program.

  • Theology & Teaching — get certified to teach religion
  • Theology & Ministry — prepare for seminary
  • Theology & Philosophy — great preparation for law school
  • Theology & Social Work —  for direct experience in social services

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Where will it Take You?

A degree in Theology will prepare you to work as a theology or religion teacher or for a variety of parish or diocesan positions. Because of our strong liberal arts tradition, you will also be a prime candidate for graduate studies in theology, law, business or medicine.

USF Theology alumni work as:

  • Teachers
  • Professors
  • Attorneys
  • Scholars
  • Chaplains
  • Missionaries
  • Pastors, and more

Learn from Expert Faculty

Our Theology & Ministry faculty  have expertise in a variety of topics within the field. In addition to teaching, they research, publish, and publicly present their scholarship. All full-time faculty members are Catholic and hold a mandatum from the local bishop — a commitment to teach in full communion with the Catholic Church.

Engage with the World


  • Annual Pilgrimage to Assisi & Rome. See where Saint Francis lived as a servant of Christ & visit the Vatican
  • Join Cougars for Life and participate in the National March for Life in Washington D.C.
  • Spend spring break in Kentucky volunteering with the Christian Appalachia Project
  • Join USF’s annual mission trip to Haiti, Formula for Life

USF’s Theology & Philosophy Annual Lecture Series

A forum for understanding important topics within the Catholic and Franciscan traditions; all lectures are free & open to the public.

Theology at USF is unique in giving students the opportunity to study both Western and Eastern traditions of Christianity (especially Byzantine and Coptic) in ways that are respectful and faithful to those traditions, while open to the context of our time.

Dr. Adam Deville
Department Chair

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Academic Plan

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