The theology discipline offers courses designed for and available to all students, as well as courses that serve major and minor programs both in theology and pastoral ministry. In keeping with the heritage and character of the university, courses and programs in this discipline emphasize the Christian, especially Catholic, tradition in conversation with other theological, religious, and cultural traditions.
The major in theology, undertaken within the context of the liberal arts and sciences, provides students with a solid grounding for study at the graduate level, as well as preparation for various career paths. Theology courses are offered in distinct yet interrelated areas:
- Theological Foundations
- Biblical Literature
- History and Doctrine
- Christian Ethics and Spirituality
- Theology, Religion and Culture
- Advanced Study in Theology
Theology majors must also complete at least two semesters of a foreign language appropriate to the study of theology.
Additionally, Dominican’s School of Leadership and Continuing Studies offers the Master of Arts in Leadership for Family Ministry and Faith Development. This program combines online learning with three 10-day campus residencies. A certificate is also available.
The university provides theology and pastoral ministry students with outstanding resources, including the St. Catherine of Siena Center, which brings faith and scholarship to the critical issues of church and society, and the Albertus Magnus Society, which explores the intersection of religious belief and scientific insight.
Department Chair, Theology and Pastoral Ministry
Theology majors find that their education prepares them well for many roles, including:
- Behavioral health clinician
- Catechesis Coordinator
- Director of Campus Ministry
- Director of Liturgy
- Director of Worship
- Director of Youth Ministry
- Dominican volunteers
- Law enforcement officer
- Social worker
- Spiritual Care and Bereavement Coordinator
- Theology teacher
Recent Dominican graduates have found employment at organizations such as:
- Archdiocese of Chicago
- Chicago Police Department
- Concordia University
- Diocese of Joliet
- The Vatican’s daily newspaper
- The Catholic New World
- Dominican University