Bachelor Degree (B.A.) in Theology
FORMED IN THE LIVING TRADITION
Interested in the study of Scripture and everything it reveals about God? In the theology program at Belmont Abbey College, you will become familiar with the teachings of the Catholic Church and the great theologians who explained and defended them. Coursework will foster a love and knowledge of Scripture and the Church’s living tradition, while also cultivating your skills in research and writing, communication, and critical thinking. Rooted in the Catholic theological tradition, you will learn habits of mind that empower you to become rooted in your faith, aware of reality in all its complexities, and capable of leading a life in service to the Church and society.
Possible career paths:
Teaching, graduate studies, faith formation, parish or diocesan ministry, professional careers, priesthood, or religious life
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.
The program requirements leave space for theology majors to pursue a minor or a major in another discipline.
TH 311: Jesus and Salvation
TH 320: The Church
TH 324: The Trinity
Upper Level Course in Scripture
Upper Level Course in Moral Theology
Upper Level Course in Theology
Upper Level History
Upper Level English
Upper Level Philosophy
Foreign Language Courses
TH 450: Senior Seminar in Theology
TH 475: Senior Thesis
*It is the student’s responsibility to verify that all degree requirements for graduation are fulfilled.
TH 311 Jesus and Salvation
An examination of the theological understanding of Jesus Christ, his person, and his work. The course studies contemporary Christological interpretations against a background of the classical historical developments in the theology and doctrine of Christ.
TH 324 Christian Spirituality
The Trinity, one God in three Persons, constitutes, simply and exclusively, the Christian understanding of God. Developed by the Church from the impact of the Incarnate Word, Jesus Christ, and illuminated by Jesus’ own teachings, the doctrine is the crown of the understanding both of God’s own life and of the meaning of human existence. This course traces the development of the doctrine in ecclesiastical history, its representation in the Church’s most influential theologians, and its amplification in the modern period, where important cultural and human issues are illuminated by Trinitarian doctrine.
More about the experience
PATRICIA (MARIA) KULMAN ‘21
“I chose to pursue a degree in theology because I wanted to learn more about my Catholic faith and how to live it out in the context of daily life. I have had the honor to learn from some incredibly talented and devoted teachers within this department, and I am overwhelmed with gratitude for all that they have taught me. Through their words, but more importantly through their examples, the theology teachers demonstrate what it truly means to embark on the journey of faith and to strive to glorify God in all things.”
MICHAEL BECKER ‘14
“As a Theology major, I had many opportunities to work at retreats and youth events, launching me into my career as a youth minister. BAC helped to introduce me to many of the priests and youth ministers of the Diocese and to make the contacts that I would need to get a job later in the future.”
FACULTY AND LEADERSHIP
Fr. Christopher Kirchgessner, O.S.B.