• Christian faith as an academic discipline that enables students to understand the human condition, Western civilization, and contemporary affairs in the light of Scripture and Tradition
  • study theology rooted in our Catholic, Benedictine tradition
  • learn in a place where your spirit is strengthened and your soul is nourished
  • have the opportunity to spend time with the monks in our monastic community
  • are a reflective person
  • enjoy historical theology, biblical studies, and moral theology
  • like reading
  • graduate school
  • pastoral work
  • service to your diocese, archdiocese, or the Church at large
  • work in political campaigns and organizations

Department Mission:

We strive to foster a theological literacy grounded in Catholicism and Benedictinism that will enable students to understand the human condition, Western civilization, and contemporary affairs in the light of Scripture and Tradition. 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.”

Department Goals:

The department has two distinct educational goals within the College.

The first is to enable all students to become theologically literate. This goal is accomplished primarily through two required courses offered in the College’s core program of studies. The core courses Theology 105 (Introduction to Scripture) and Theology 205 (Introduction to Theology) introduce the student to the study of theology as an academic discipline. The department also offers upper-level courses classified as Humanities electives for non-majors.

The second 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. Our objectives for majors are for them to:

  • attain knowledge of basic theological ideas and to become familiar with the core themes of the Catholic theological tradition
  • develop the ability to think critically about theological issues together and express that thinking clearly
  • develop the research and professional skills necessary for careers in theology or related areas

The department’s courses provide a basic introduction to the areas of systematic and historical theology, biblical studies, and moral theology. Students preparing directly for some form of service to the church or wider community may choose a Pastoral track by taking four supporting psychology and/or education courses from an approved list.

In addition, students on the Pastoral track complete a culminating internship at an approved site, with a concluding exercise to help them reflect theologically upon the service experience and relate it to classroom learning.

(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 select either a general or pastoral course of study:
General Track

  • PH 303 Philosophy of Knowledge
  • PH 316 Metaphysics
  • Upper-level Philosophy or Theology

Pastoral Track

  • Psychology or Education courses
  • Upper-level Philosophy
  • TH 453 Pastoral Internship

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.

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

  • 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. David Williams - Chair 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. Grattan Brown – Associate Professor of Theology
B.A., Washington and Lee University
S.T.B., University of St. Thomas Aquinas
M.A., University of Memphis
S.T.L., Accademia Alfonsiana
S.T.D., Accademia Alfonsiana

Michael Petro - Lecturer in Theology
B.A., Catholic University of America
M.A., Loyola Institute for Ministry

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

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