Theology and Religion Major


Who is God? How are we to understand the relationship between God and humankind? Questions of this nature may express the most fundamental and pressing of all human inquiries. The theology major at Marquette explores faith and what it has to say about the fundamental purpose and meaning of all things, including our own existence. It seeks the deeper unity underlying all reality, its common origin and ultimate purpose. Marquette offers two majors in theology — theology and religion and Catholic theology.

Learn from the best.

As a theology major, you'll take classes from nationally recognized theologians who are distinguished for their research, writing and teaching.

Go beyond the classroom.

Marquette is home to a chapter of the national honor society for theology and religious studies, Theta Alpha Kappa, and theology majors and minors are encouraged to participate in TAK activities. TAK sponsors a variety of educational, religious and social events.

Appreciate breadth.

Theological questions evoke distinctive responses from the various religious perspectives represented in contemporary society. More than merely recognizing this fact, we respect it in all our theology courses in the ecumenical spirit of Vatican II. In addition to studying Christian doctrine, the history of Christian thought and the Bible, you'll be able to take courses such as Jewish Thought and Practice, Women in the Bible, Medical Ethics, Theology of Violence and Non-violence, Foundations of Ecological Ethics, and Christian Theology in Global Contexts.

Share your faith.

Our new major in Catholic theology is perfect for aspiring Catholic school teachers. The major's focus on theology and education courses will prepare you well to teach theology or religion in our nation's Catholic high schools.

Some of the classes you'll take:

  • Introduction to Theology
  • Theology in the Writings of C. S. Lewis
  • The Event and Meaning of Vatican II
  • Theology in the Reformation Era
  • Protestant Thought and Practice
  • Bridging the Racial Divide
  • Theology, Violence, and Nonviolence
  • Jewish Thought and Practice
  • Islam: Faith and Practice
  • Studies in Moral Theology

For a complete listing of required courses for the program in theology, please visit the Marquette University Online Bulletin at this link.