Theology at the University of Providence

The theology program at University of Providence provides students with the theological basis for addressing issues they will likely encounter in their adult life.  All people of faith, and even those with no specific religious orientation, are faced with making ethical decisions or living according to some form of ethical orientation.  All people of faith are motivated by some form of spirituality and seek to live that form of spirituality.  All people are capable – and most are desirous – of living in a world where justice is practiced in society. The theology program at University of Providence responds to these real world views.

The first two years consists of courses that will introduce you to the discipline and help you speak the language. Courses include: TRL 105 The Human Person, TRL 120 Basic Christian Ethics,  TRL 131 Introduction to Spirituality, and courses in understanding the Old and New Testaments.

The last two years allow the student to investigate theological issues more deeply and to see how those investigations effect their life in the world. Courses include: TRL 232 Spirituality and You , TRL 320 Christian Vocation to Justice, TRL 215 Spirituality and Law,  TRL 305 Church and State and TRL 415 Marriage and Family.

In all of your courses you will learn from the best minds of the Christian tradition: Saints Augustine, Aquinas, and John Paul II. You will also read the thoughts of great non-Christian thinkers like: Plato and Aristotle, Josephus, and others.


Why Major in Theology?

Theology majors are challenged to think of their life journey not only in terms of finding a great career, but also of discovering their purpose in life. Whether they go on to careers in law, medicine, business, education, ministry, journalism, or any other field, theology majors do so with an experience of intellectual and spiritual illumination that is absolutely unique.

Are you interested in understanding the forces shaping modern culture and in seeing how religion figures in that process? Would you like to develop an historical and theological perspective from which to evaluate current trends? If your answer is ‘yes’ to these questions, then Theology is a major you will find enlightening and challenging.

To learn about yourself: where many of your ideas and values came from, how they compare with others, what implications they have. You will also learn some of the enduring questions that humans have confronted and some major answers to those questions. You will learn a great deal about the world around you: struggles in the Middle East, the continuing impact of the Bible and the Christian tradition on issues of gender and sexuality, the vexing moral questions on the frontiers of medicine and science.


Do I have to be religious to major in Theology?

No! You simply have to be interested in the world around you and what it means to be a part of it. Religion has effected, and continues to shape, the world like no other phenomenon. Understanding this powerful force explains our past, engages the present and prepares us for the future.


But what skills will I develop with a degree in Theology?

The study of theology provides many occasions for personal and intellectual growth, but also develops a set of very practical skills:

  • Fundamental cultural literacy.
  • Data gathering and direct observation.
  • Interpret and express your position on perplexing phenomena, exercising both your analytical skills and your originality.
  • Your critical intelligence will constantly be tested and developed, along with your ability to empathize with your fellow human being in order to understand his or her perspective.

In today’s multicultural workplace and global economy, basic knowledge about other cultures and religious perspectives is indispensable. In addition, good interpreters of information are in high demand. Gathering data, organizing it, understanding it, and presenting it are vital skills in the study of theology, and in most professions, these skills are absolutely required.


Students with a degree in Theology Get Jobs In:

  • Ministry (either ordained or as a lay person)
  • Business (particularly international business)
  • Counseling and Social Work
  • Education
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Event planning, hospitality, or the service industry
  • The government, foreign service, or the Peace Corps
  • Marketing and management
  • Museums and the arts
  • Non-profit or non-governmental organizations
  • Publishing



Our faculty bring unique and diverse areas of expertise to the study of theology. Through them, students are introduced to the diversity of thought and practice within the Catholic and Christian tradition.

  • Dr. Daniel McGuire
  • Father Oliver Doyle
  • Dr. Sarah Spangler


Student Stories

“When I first got to college, I kind of set aside practicing the faith I was raised in. Your course has really made me take a new look at religion. I never heard it presented that way and you’ve made me question a lot of things I was doing.”

“Each time it seems the Church is doomed from external pressures or internal corruption, the Spirit has blown through the turmoil to bring life, transformation and a new creation. What will this newest, modern Church have to overcome as it faces the future? …The future will be as wild and exciting as the past – may we learn from our mistakes, celebrate our successes, and fasten our seat belts!”