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Theology

Theology

How can a high school religion teacher educate and promote the faith to help students lead a more service-oriented life? What can the study of theology teach about living and working for those who are less fortunate? And how can a youth minister tend to the spiritual and religious needs of children and young adults in a changing American society? Those with a background in theology work to address these questions and more to help others grow in their faith and give back to society.

College of Liberal Arts

The undergraduate degree program in theology is part of the College of Liberal Arts, which is about making connections freely—exploring human achievement, examining the past critically and discovering ways to build upon it, and understanding yourself and our diverse world in order to transform it.

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  • Undergraduate Major
  • Undergraduate Minor
  • Certificate
  • Graduate Program
  • Adult Undergraduate
  • Special Program

About the major.

A degree in theology from the Mount provides a broad basis in theological studies, building a solid foundation in many theological areas. Through this program you’ll be prepared for immediate placement as a religion teacher, at schools and parishes in various forms of ministry, or to pursue a master’s or doctoral degree in a wide range of subjects.

In the program, you’ll learn about the Old and New Testament, moral theology, Christian thought, and systematics, which includes God, Christ, the Church, the Sacraments and Christian spirituality. Courses are available in Catholic social teaching, bioethics, and theology and the environment.

Additionally, minors are offered in general theology, religious education, pastoral ministry and youth ministry, with a focus on youth and lay ministry, as well as global encounters courses that cover religions of the world, Jerusalem, U.S.-Latino Catholicism and mysticism.

Mount theology faculty are ethicists who have doctorates in theological studies covering all the major theological areas, including systematic, biblical, moral, historical and pastoral theology. They’re committed to helping you learn about pastoral and educational ministries so you can make significant contributions to the Church and lead an ethical, service-oriented life.

There are ample opportunities for pastoral internships to gain practical experience. You may also receive on-campus experience through the Mount’s Campus Ministry, Office of Social Justice, or many of our other service-based programs.

Every graduate from the Mount’s theology program has been successful in finding placement in parish youth ministry, secondary school religion teaching or campus ministry, graduate school, or even volunteering in service with such organizations as FOCUS, Alliance for Catholic Education (Notre Dame), the Peace Corps and others.

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Meghan Sprankle Mount St. Mary's University Class of 2014

The Mount has prepared me not only to work in Catholic schools, but also to be a strong, dedicated woman who knows her morals and gifts and wants to use them to better society. I have been able to grow personally and professionally because of the Mount’s welcoming, supportive community.

Meghan Sprankle, C'14 Religion teacher, Bishop Feehan High School

Where theology majors go.

Mount graduates with a degree in theology go on to pursue a variety of professional opportunities – including some not related to theology – and have been hired or done service work for organizations such as:

  • Archbishop Spalding High School as a religion teacher
  • Bishop Feehan High School
  • FOCUS Missionary
  • Maggie’s Place, a house of hospitality for expectant mothers
  • Neurology department, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
  • Notre Dame High School
  • Pope John Paul II High School as a director of school ministry
  • Elizabeth School in Baltimore
  • Joan of Arc as a youth & young adult minister
  • John’s Frederick as a chaplain and religion teacher
  • Cyril & Methodius Center for Evangelization
  • Villanova University

And have gone on to pursue graduate degrees at institutions such as:

  • University of Notre Dame
  • Duke University
  • Virginia Tech
  • West Virginia University
  • Creighton University
  • Duquesne University
100% Of theology graduates are either employed or performing service work

About the double major.

With 33 credits needed for the theology major, many theology students elect to pursue an additional major.

About the minors

There are four different theology minors at the Mount, each of which can pair with many different majors.

General Theology

You’ll earn a general theology minor by completing any theology courses that earn at least 18 credits.

Religious Education

You’ll learn to develop a practical theology of religious education, along with a focus on theological foundations. Courses will cover the spiritual development of children and young adults as well as the complex demands of mature faith as lived within a Christian community. Additionally, you’ll focus on adolescent faith formation and faith development theory, as it’s the foundation for setting goals in religious education for youth.

Pastoral Ministry

You’ll learn fundamental skills needed for ministry, including planning and administration, managing volunteers, and working with a pastor and parish staff. Courses will also cover the foundations of lay ecclesial ministry, its relationship to ordained ministry and the experience of lay ministers, as well as the foundations of Christian spirituality in religious education.

Youth Ministry

You’ll learn fundamental skills needed for ministry, including planning and administration, managing volunteers, and working with a pastor and parish staff. Following guidelines from American Catholic Bishops, courses will also cover the theological foundations of ministering young people with an aim toward understanding their spiritual and religious needs as they grow into adulthood in American society today. You’ll also discuss the practical skills necessary for youth ministry, as well as Christian spirituality.

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