Theology and Ministry at the University of Providence is the most explicit expression of the mission of the
University to participate in the teaching mission of Jesus Christ. Courses and programs in Theology and Ministry express the Catholic and ecumenical heritage and values of the University. These programs of study enable students to:1. Construct a critical, grounded understanding and appreciation of the roots and function of religion in life.
2. Demonstrate consistently the dignity of the human person and the interrelatedness of all creation
3. Identify and explain central Catholic and Christian doctrines and ethical principles.
4. Make sound moral decisions that contribute to a just world and the salvation of souls.
Theology minors 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.
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.
The study of theology provides many occasions for personal and intellectual growth, but also develops a set of very practical skills:
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.
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.
“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!”