Bachelor’s Degree (B.A.) in Parish and Pastoral Ministries
FORMATION FOR SERVICE
Looking to serve the Church in today’s world? A B.A. in Parish and Pastoral Ministries will give you the tools to be successful in faith formation, pastoral counseling, youth ministry, or working in parish and diocesan offices. The program revolves around theological formation complemented by teaching, counseling, research, writing, and critical thinking skills. You will also gain active involvement in the field through an internship. Rooted in the Catholic theological tradition, you will grow in your own faith, learn to see reality in all its complexities, and become capable of leading a life of service to the Church and society.
Possible career paths:
Faith formation, pastoral counseling, youth ministry, work in parish or diocesan offices or religious NGOs, mission work, graduate school
Average salary for lay ecclesial ministers
In addition to the specific requirements listed in the section below, all students at the Abbey are required to earn credits in our core liberal arts curriculum.
TH 311: Jesus and Salvation (3)
TH 320: The Church (3)
TH 330: Introduction to Moral Theology (3)
TH 340: Catholic Social Teaching (3)
TH 345: Theology of Sexuality and Marriage (3)
TH 355: Pastoral Theology (3)
TH 380: Liturgy and Sacraments (3)
TH 385: Christian Spirituality (3)
TH 402: The Gospels (3)
ED 310: Educational Development and Psychology (3)
PC 201: Introduction to Psychology (3)
PC 404: Seminar in Counseling (3)
TH 453: Pastoral Theology Internship (3)
Upper Level English (3)
Upper Level History (3)
Upper Level Philosophy (3)
General Electives (20 Hours)
*It is the student’s responsibility to verify that all degree requirements for graduation are fulfilled.
TH 345 Theology of Sexuality and Marriage
A study of human sexuality from the Christian vision of the human person. The course studies the historical
development and theological foundations of marriage as a sacrament as well as contemporary issues in
human sexuality with regard to Christian teachings.
TH 385 Christian Spirituality
This course examines Christian spirituality and its traditions of prayer, practice, and communion with God rooted in Jesus Christ, the Word made Flesh. Since it is “embodied religion,” Christian spirituality necessarily involves the Eucharist and the Church as well as things interior, devotional, and mystical. This course also focuses on Christian liturgy and artistic endeavor.