Department of Theology
Marquette Hall 115
1217 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53233
THEOLOGY ON SOCIAL
A good grasp of religion and theology is crucial for understanding today's world. As a major in theology and religion you will be challenged to think critically and faithfully about life's most meaningful questions, developing a set of skills – habits of heart and mind – that will serve you well wherever you may go, whatever you may do. Theology will help liberate you. It will help you find your way, not just in a career, but in life.
Faculty members in theology are outstanding scholars and teachers. To learn more about how a theology major could work for you, contact Dr. Alexandre Martins, Director of Undergraduate Studies.
Answering the Big Questions
Theology is about the big questions: Who am I? Why am I here? What does it mean to live the good life? Theology is also about life's deepest joys: God is the soul's own deepest desire. What does it mean to delight in God? Or, to put it in more popular terms: Theology is fun, because theology is where meaning and desire meet.
“My theology background has allowed me to examine ethical issues that I encounter with challenging patients (infants who are premature or are critically ill) in a different light. I also think it helps me personally as I try to make sense of the pain and sorrow these babies' families experience.” – a recent alumna working as a neonatal pediatrician
An Edge in the Job Market
The theology and religion major is practical. As a major, you will learn to think and read carefully and critically, to write and speak clearly and persuasively, on some of the most complex topics. You’ll learn about other religions, such as Islam and Judaism. And you’ll learn to understand better how religious convictions shape us ethically as responsible members of the human community. What employer would not consider that an advantage?
A Wide Array of Career Possibilities
Ministerial work. Some go directly into church work, as a youth minister, for example. Others head off to seminary or divinity school to prepare for a career in church ministry, including the Catholic priesthood.
Teaching. Many theology majors are preparing for careers as Catholic or Christian elementary or secondary school teachers, or as directors of religious education in parishes.
Public service. Theology provides an ideal background for a career in public service — politics, social work, international relations, etc.
Graduate school and a career as a college or seminary professor. Many students embrace the challenging goal of graduate study in theology, leading toward a career in teaching at the college level or above. The Marquette Theology Department has its own superior MA and PhD programs. The theology major prepares you well for further success, here at Marquette or wherever you decide to go. In recent years, our grads have gone on for graduate work at such institutions as Boston College, Catholic University of America, Harvard University and many more.
Seize the opportunity! Many students choose theology because they see graduate or professional school — business, law, medicine — in their future. They know they may never have a chance to study theology again, and decide to take advantage of the opportunity now.
Theology as a secondary major. Secondary theology majors put theology together with their other interests — nursing, business, anthropology, psychology, whatever! — and then go on to study and work in a wide variety of professions.
In addition, our graduates enjoy a variety of careers in public policy, medicine, law and publishing. Combine a secondary theology major with just about anything else, and the chances are you’ll have a winning combination.
What are the requirements for the theology and religion major?
Requires 33 credit hours in theology, including:
Depending on a student's preparation and educational needs, other courses may be substituted by approval of the departmental adviser, who may also suggest cognate courses in other departments. Students preparing for graduate studies in theology are encouraged to begin courses in a necessary classical (Greek/Hebrew/Latin) or modern language (French/German).
What about a double-major?
Many students double-major in theology and apply what they've learned to jobs in business, nursing, law, psychology and other fields.
Can I afford to double-major?
Yes! Students from other colleges sometimes fear double-majoring would delay their graduation. That is almost never the case. If you choose the courses well (e.g., take theology credits for Diverse Culture, which will count for the UCC, the core of the College of Communication and toward the major) and find together with the director of undergraduate studies cognate courses in your field, double-majoring is sometimes only 19 credits away.
Need help with a double-major?
The department's Director of Undergraduate Studies can work with students to see how you can successfully graduate with your desired double-major.
Should I pursue a theology and religion major if I'm interested in graduate school?
Yes! For students interested in graduate school, the Theology Department has an excellent record of placing graduates in top programs for advanced religious education. Some notable placements have been at Princeton University, Boston College, the University of Chicago Divinity School and the Catholic University of America.
What is a double-major I should consider?
You can double-major in Social Welfare and Justice and Theology and Religion
Courses that emphasize social justice and forgiveness:
What about a minor?
The theology minor consists of six courses, including:
What about interdisciplinary minors?