Theology at Providence College

Why Study Theology at Providence College? 
The theology department at Providence College draws upon sacred scripture and the Church’s tradition in pursuing scholarly, theological inquiry “from the heart of the Church.” Our program provides a foundation of knowledge in the teachings of the Catholic Church and explores the best of contemporary scholarship in Scripture, moral and spiritual theology, liturgy, and systematics.

Through this multi-faceted approach, students not only learn about the nature of God and the history of the Church, they also examine the role of Catholic thought and theology in today’s world. Our program is also designed to allow students to specialize in a particular area of theology according to their own professional and personal objectives. Whatever their specialty, our graduates leave prepared to make a positive impact on individuals and society as a whole. 

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What you'll study

Bachelor of Arts in Theology 
Balance and flexibility are hallmarks of the Providence College approach to the theology major. Courses are designed to provide a balance between study of the historical Catholic theological tradition and exploration of contemporary scholarship in Catholic theology. At the same time, students have the flexibility to specialize in a particular area of theology: biblical theology, systematic and historical theology, spiritual theology, or moral theology.

Minor in Theology 
A minor in theology allows students in any major to pursue an interest in the study of theology through a structured program of six theology courses.

Selected Courses

  • American Religious Experience 
  • Catholic Social Thought  
  • Christ, Word and Redeemer  
  • Contemporary Christian Thought  
  • Contemporary Moral Problems  
  • Church in Today’s World 
  • Early Christian Doctrine  
  • Growth in Christian Life  
  • The Letters of St. Paul  
  • Mystery of God  
  • Principles of Moral Decisions 

Faculty

The Department of Theology offers students the benefit of a large and diverse faculty of expert theologians. Many have studied other disciplines in addition to theology, offering unique interdisciplinary insight into the role of spirituality and morality on topics such as economics, philosophy, and biology.

They’ve presented at theological conferences across the nation and around the world, from Rome to Greece, England, Sweden, Finland, Poland, Spain, and beyond. They have had their works published by a variety of notable academic and theological presses and publications, including Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, The Catholic University of America Press, Liturgical Press, the Society of Biblical Literature Press, Catholic Biblical Quarterly, National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, Word & World, Vetus Testamentum, and others. 

ENGAGED LEARNING

Interfaith Understanding and Exchange 
Though theology studies at PC are based in the teachings of the Catholic Church, the program also stresses the value and importance of interfaith understanding and the exchange of differing theological ideas. Perhaps the most visible example of this is the College’s Jewish-Catholic Theological Exchange Committee (JCTE), which was formally established in 2007 and provides a multitude of colloquia on Jewish-Christian relations. The JCTE sprang from PC’s long history of welcoming students of all faiths and its subsequent reputation as a place where people of differing faiths can learn with, from, and about one another. 

Accomplished Faculty and Exceptional Courses 
The Department of Theology offers students the benefit of a large and diverse faculty of expert theologians. Many have studied other disciplines in addition to theology, offering unique interdisciplinary insight into the role of spirituality and morality on topics such as economics, philosophy, and biology. They’ve presented at theological conferences across the nation and around the world, from Rome to Greece, England, Sweden, Finland, Poland, Spain, and beyond. They have had their works published by a variety of notable academic and theological presses and publications, including Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, The Catholic University of America Press, Liturgical Press, the Society of Biblical Literature Press, Catholic Biblical Quarterly, National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, Word & WorldVetus Testamentum, and others. 

100%

of 2017-2021 theology and philosophy graduates are employed and/or attending graduate school


  • 36% are employed only
  • 43% are attending school only
  • 21% are employed and attending school

Selected Places of Employment/Service

  • Bob Flanders for US Senate
  • St. Brigid and Gate of Heaven Catholic Churches
  • The Panther Group
  • Ursuline Academy

Selected Graduate Schools

  • Elon University School of Law
  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • Northeastern University School of Law
  • Norte Dame University
  • Providence College
  • Suffolk University Law School
  • Villanova University