The Theology Department at Carroll College is dedicated to teaching Christian theology in the Roman Catholic tradition. Students in Carroll’s theology major explore the nature of the Christian faith, its Biblical and intellectual heritage, and how this heritage has informed Christian belief and practice. The goal is to help students understand the particularity of Catholicism in relation to the broader Christian tradition, to consider important questions about the role of the Christian faith in contemporary culture, and to provide students with knowledge of and appreciation for different faith perspectives. Theology majors may select one of two concentrations: systematic (doctrine) or contextual (application of doctrine to cultural and social issues). Students may also work with faculty to design an original, customized interdisciplinary study program.
Theology graduates are ideally prepared for graduate school in theology as teachers, priests, ministers, or laity involved with educational institutions or in fostering and encouraging religious beliefs and values in their communities. Many Theology students pursue a major in a second field (such as English, philosophy, languages, history, political science, sociology, and others) to broaden their career options and possible fields for graduate study. Theology graduates have pursued advanced research in theology and other fields at such prestigious institutions as the Harvard Divinity School, Union Theological Seminary, Fordham University, University of Notre Dame, Weston Jesuit School of Theology, Iliff School of Theology, and the Gregorian University in Rome.