Theology (BA)

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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

The professors really care about the students at Saint Francis. They support our dreams and aspirations and they connect us to opportunities. For example, I had a full time professional job lined up before I even graduated and it came through my USF internship.

Stacey Huneck ’14
Youth Minister
St. Charles Parish
Master’s candidate in Theological Studies at the University of Notre Dame

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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

Travel

  • 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

2019-2020 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

  • “The God of the Atheists and the God of Science”
    Dr. T. Alex Giltner on October 6 at 7 p.m. – Parkview Physicians Group Auditorium (Achatz 226)
  • “Concrete Reforms to Rid the Church of Abuses of Sex and Power”
    Dr. Adam DeVille on November 20 at 7 p.m. – Parkview Physicians Group Auditorium (Achatz 226)
  • “Otherness and the Subjectivity of the Subject: A Look at Contemporary Philosophy”
    Dr. Vincent Wargo on January 15 at 7 p.m. – Parkview Physicians Group Auditorium (Achatz 226)
  • “The Chariot-Throne of God: Elijah, Ezekiel, Angels, and Francis”
    Sr. Felicity Dorsett on Febuary 19 at 7 p.m. – Parkview Physicians Group Auditorium (Achatz 226)
  • “Catholic Social Teaching: A New Springtime for Social Justice”
    Sr. Jacinta Krecek on March 18 at 7 p.m. – Parkview Physicians Group Auditorium (Achatz 226)
  • “Icons: Christianity’s Sacred Images”
    Drs. Esperanca Camara and Adam DeVille on April 1 at 7 p.m. – Parkview Physicians Group Auditorium (Achatz 226)

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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adeville@sf.edu
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