• Faith seeking understanding
  • Explores Christian faith through academic methods that enable students to understand the human condition, Western civilization, and contemporary affairs in the light of Scripture and Tradition

You will have the opportunity to study theology rooted in our Catholic, Benedictine tradition, learn in a place where your spirit is strengthened and your soul nourished, and have the opportunity to spend time with the monks in our monastic community.

You’ll enjoy the Abbey’s Theology Major if you

  • Are a reflective person seeking responses to perennial human questions
  • Enjoy historical theology, biblical studies, and moral theology
  • Enjoy reading
  • Enable all students to become theologically literate, introducing them to the study of theology as an academic discipline
  • Provide students with the foundational skills necessary for graduate study or for service to the world and the Church

Theology majors may choose to pursue a Pastoral concentration, taking four supporting psychology and/or education courses from an approved list. Students on the pastoral track also complete a culminating internship and concluding exercise to help them reflect theologically on their service experience and relate it to classroom learning. This is a good way to combine theological knowledge from the classroom with concrete experience. Many other theological internship opportunities exist and even those students not pursuing a pastoral track are strongly encouraged to take advantage.

With a Theology bachelor’s degree from Belmont Abbey College, you will be able to pursue a variety of career opportunities, including:

  • Priesthood or religious life
  • Youth ministry
  • Missionary work
  • Teaching
  • Canon law
  • Employment by a diocese
  • Graduate school

BAC’s goal is to provide students majoring in theology with the foundational skills necessary for graduate study or for service to the world and the Church.

The Abbey Difference:

Guided by the tenets of Catholicism and the Benedictine hallmarks, Belmont Abbey College strives to provide its students with a well-rounded education that promotes wise and ethical decisions. The faculty of the department aim to form students in a theological habit of mind that will enable them to see God in all things and to pursue their future callings in life “so that in all things God may be glorified.” The monks encourage all students, and especially theology majors, to participate with them in the Divine Office and in the conventual mass.

Dr. Ronald Thomas discusses his background and the Belmont Abbey difference.



Dr. Grattan Brown – I thoroughly enjoy helping students understand the Catholic theological tradition, especially in scripture and moral theology. Learning about this tradition helps Christians live an authentically Christian life in our society today and helps non-Christians move beyond “sound-byte” presentations of Christianity.

Highlights of your experience:

These courses highlight the preparation you will receive as a theology major at Belmont Abbey College.

One of the basic questions that Jesus asks his disciples is, “Who do you say that I am?” This class goes over the answers that Christian theology has given to that question, and to the follow-up question, “What difference does following Christ make for me?”
The worship of the Church reminds us that its basic task is to proclaim the death of the Lord, and profess his resurrection, until he comes again. Theologies of the Church explore the ways that the risen Christ and the Holy Spirit sustain and enable that task.
Taught by department faculty in rotation, this seniors-only capstone seminar brings students together as they use the skills gained in earlier courses to explore differing areas of theology and develop a thesis topic for the senior thesis as well as take initial steps in thesis research.

Theology Resources:

Our students have frequent opportunities for internships in area parishes or with youth ministries in the diocese. Many alumni have gone on to careers in ministry and remain a source of help and advice for current students.

Program Requirements:

(This option is available for traditional students only.) To be accepted into the degree program, the student must have completed TH 105 with a grade of “C” or better.

Major requirements
In addition to the core requirements, students must complete the following:

  • TH 311 Jesus and Salvation
  • TH 320 The Church
  • An upper-level elective in Moral Theology
  • An upper-level elective in Scripture
  • Four upper-level electives
  • TH 450 Seminar in Theology (senior year)
  • TH 475 Senior Thesis (following TH 450)

Support Courses in Humanities:

  • Upper-level English course
  • Upper-level History course
  • Foreign Language (Spanish recommended for Pastoral track)

Students majoring in Theology may, in addition to the general requirements of the major, pursue an additional track designed for pastoral application.
Pastoral Track:

  • Four Psychology or Education courses
  • TH 453 Pastoral Internship (in lieu of one elective)

To graduate from the program, the student must earn a minimum of 30 hours in Theology courses at or above the 200-level. In keeping with the general requirements of the College, the B.A. requires the student to earn a minimum of 120 hours.

  • TH 205 Introduction to Theology
  • 12 hours of 200-level or higher theology courses

The preponderance of the hours above TH205 must be taken at Belmont Abbey College.

It is the student’s responsibility to see that all degree requirements for graduation are fulfilled.



Dr. Alessandro Rovati – Interim Chair and Full-Time Lecturer in Theology, and Director of the Study Abroad Program
B.A., Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano
M.A., Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano
Ph.D., Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano

Dr. Grattan Brown – Associate Professor of Theology
B.A., Washington and Lee University
S.T.B., University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Rome)
M.A., University of Memphis
S.T.L., Accademia Alfonsiana
S.T.D., Accademia Alfonsiana

Dr. David Williams – Vice President for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Theology
B.A., Georgetown University
M.A., Boston College
Ph.D., (Political Science) Boston College
Ph.D., (Theology) Boston College

Dr. Ronald Thomas – Associate Professor of Theology
B.A., University of Memphis
M. Div., Emory University
Ph.D., University of Cambridge

Sr. Jane Russell, OSF – Associate Professor of Theology and Coordinator of Justice and Peace Studies Minor
B.A., Alverno College
M.A., University of San Francisco
Ph.D., University of Notre Dame

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