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Theology is traditionally defined as “faith seeking understanding.” This major explores religious belief and its implications about the purpose and meaning of all things, including our own existence. Dominican offers you an exceptional environment for the study of theology

What is God? Does God relate to humankind?

These are some of the oldest and most profound human questions. The theology major looks for answers by drawing on the 800-year-old Dominican tradition of religious study as a disciplined and demanding search for truth. In small classes, you’ll work side-by-side with talented faculty who will challenge you intellectually and guide you thoughtfully through your own search for understanding. You’ll examine Catholic and Christian beliefs within the context of the world’s richly varied religious and cultural traditions. You’ll expand your awareness of social, ethical and moral issues, and learn to write, think critically and analyze problems at a whole new level. This is a powerful and compelling course of study.

More ways to learn, on campus and beyond

Practical experience is built into the theology curriculum. You’ll have many opportunities to combine academic study with compassionate service to people in need, in the Chicago area and around the world. You might complete an internship with an organization that serves homeless youth, or assist a congregation, or both. The university partners with Interfaith America, a national organization which brings together young people of different religious and moral traditions for service and dialogue around shared values. We especially encourage you to take advantage of Dominican’s outstanding study abroad program. You’ll have your choice of programs on four continents.

Shantal Cole

Dominican University Graduate

“My journey at Dominican was just amazing. I was fortunate enough to receive a scholarship from the university, and it
inspired me to achieve a level of academic success that I never thought possible. Now I want to give something back
as a pastor.”

Amazing Opportunities

Our campus is home to three distinctly Dominican ventures of special interest to theology majors.

  • The Siena Center hosts internationally renowned speakers and engages the campus and the wider community in dialogue about critical issues of church and society in the context of faith.
  • The McGreal Center provides scholars and researchers with ample and accessible archival collections and promotes the writing of the rich history of the Dominican order in the United States.
  • The Albertus Magnus Society explores the intersection of religious belief and scientific insight.
Show your stuff

Undergraduate research and creative expression is a Dominican trademark. Theology—with its focus on the deeper unity underlying all reality—is a rich source of topics for such expression. We actively encourage our students to develop their own original research and creative projects. You’ll enjoy full faculty support and get a chance to present your work at a campus expo in April. You can even apply for university grant funding. The Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Investigations Program (URSCI) also will fund your travel to academic and professional conferences across the U.S. Your faculty mentors will watch for opportunities that are perfect for you.

Prepare for a life of service, meaning and achievement

A survey of U.S. employers by Hart Research Associates found that 93% of bosses say that “a job candidate’s demonstrated capacity to think critically, communicate clearly and solve complex problems” is the most important factor in hiring decisions. That is the essential skill set of our theology graduates. Our curriculum is designed to prepare you for lifelong intellectual and professional competence. In the workplace, Dominican graduates know what they’re doing. They’re thoughtful, creative, open to new ideas and able to adapt and thrive through long and meaningful careers. They have earned their way into leadership positions in the professions of their choice.

Lucas Eggers

Dominican University Graduate

"Being at Dominican has shaped my values. I’ve created long lasting relationships here. My experience at Dominican has guided my life and education in many ways."