Theology, Associate of Arts

Focus on the Study of God

Theology is a combination of the Greek words, theos and logos, literally meaning, "the study of God." St. Anslem defines Christian Theology as "faith seeking understanding," or “an active love of God seeking a deeper knowledge of God.” Theology seeks to answer all questions of human concern, in all fields of human knowing, in light of the Revelation of God in Jesus Christ.

If you are a person of faith and want to know about things like the nature of God, how the Bible developed, what it means to be created in the Image of God, why people suffer, and how all things are redeemed in Jesus Christ, then a major in Theology would be good choice for you.

Ancilla College promotes a diverse community of scholars who advance the teaching and study of Theology in an ecumenical context and tone, but grounded in the Roman Catholic Tradition. In keeping with that tradition, the program seeks to inculcate knowledge and respect for the many Christian denominations and other religious traditions. Students graduating from Ancilla will leave with an education strongly rooted in Christian Doctrine and Biblical faith, as well as the ability to comfortably dialogue with people from almost any religious background.

Suggested Schedule of Classes

Usual first semester courses

Freshman Seminar or Freshman Foundations

Writing I

Computer Literacy

Introduction to Christian Theology

Introduction to Sociology

An art or music course

Usual second semester courses


Writing II

Public Speaking

Religion or Philosophy elective

General Psychology

Introduction to Literature

Usual third semester courses

History of the Christian Church

Old Testament

Science elective

Theology/Religion/Philosophy elective

Literature elective

Usual fourth semester courses

Humanity, Grace and the Sacraments

History Elective

HEBBS elective (History, Psychology, Sociology)

New Testament


Career Information

Students with an A.A. degree in Theology can go on to finish degrees to prepare for specific jobs in ministry or continue academic study in Theology and similar programs. As with other Humanities/Liberal Arts majors, many students with these majors use them as preparation to build skills applicable to a wide variety of vocations. These skills include analyzing and synthesizing data, research, critical thinking, working well with people from various backgrounds and perspectives, understanding international/global issues, conflict negotiation, analytical writing, cross-cultural communication, and critical empathy.

Graduates often go into jobs related to social services, education, non-profit organization work, counseling, public relations, and health care (including medicine). However, the coursework helps students develop skills often valued highly in the business world; Theology students’ qualities match well with the business field, particularly positions in management, sales, customer relations, and human resources. These majors are often seen as a good fit for students who want to go to law school, as well. Average LSAT scores for Theology majors nationwide are consistently among the highest average scores compared to other majors, often beating out average scores by majors more traditionally associated with law school applicants.

What are my career options with this program?

Pastor, priest or reverend

Theology teacher

Church music director

Lay Ministry

Spiritual counselor

Religious program director