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Theology at Carroll College

"Explore the Deep" (Duc in Altum)

"Explore the deep" is our restatement of Pope John Paul II's call to "go out into the deep" (duc in altum) and illuminate the gospel. Any such outward illumination depends on a movement inward and an illumination of the same to ourselves: that we know and understand what we believe.  To quote Augustine, "Something that is believed but not known has not yet been found..." (On Free Choice of the Will). 

The Theology Department at Carroll College is dedicated to teaching Christian theology in the Roman Catholic tradition. Through a variety of course offerings, faculty and students explore the nature of the Christian faith, the biblical and intellectual heritage of the Christian faith, and how this heritage has informed and continues to inform Christian belief and practice.

The goal of this theological inquiry is three-fold: (1) to help students understand the particularity of Catholicism in relation to the broader Christian tradition, (2) to consider important questions about the role of the Christian faith in contemporary culture, and (3) to provide students with a solid knowledge of and appreciation for different faith perspectives.

A Solid Foundation

Carroll's Theology Program provides a solid foundation for both deepening one's faith and for further study in graduate programs around the country. Theology graduates have pursued jobs and careers in fields other than theology, including the medical sciences, politics, and education. They have also pursued advanced research in both 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.

Why does theology allow for such a diverse set of options? Instead of studying how we live, theology studies why we live.

Departmental News

  • As the Theology Department has begun to encourage double majors, see some of your options here. Want a double major worked out and posted? Contact Dr. Hall, and he'll work with you to get one setup.
  • Look for Dr. Hall's new book, The Paradox of Authenticity, in the library soon! Publsihed with Mohr Siebeck, the books asks what our contemporary ethic of authenticity means and whether it can withstand the call of love found in the Gospels.
  • Our good friend and colleague, Dr. Brian Matz, has accepted a position at Font Bonne University for the  Fall of 2015. He has received an amazing offer to become the CSJ Chair of Catholic Thought, an endowed chair with a research agenda attached. We are all most excited for Dr. Matz and will miss his presence on the Carroll Campus and in the Helena community greatly.
  • Carroll’s Humanities program received an exciting mid-year gift in the form of a $100,000 grant from the William Randolph Hearst Foundations.

    The funding for “Humanities for the 21st Century” will help the college further develop the humanities program at Carroll through faculty professional development and training with respect to interdisciplinary course development and implementation of undergraduate research opportunities for humanities students. 

    This grant is the first of its kind for the humanities department and the faculty and staff are energized about what lies ahead. Congratulations go out to our humanities faculty, led by Kay SatreJohn RiesElvira Roncalli, and DJ Cash for their vision and hard work to bring “Humanities for the 21st Century” forward.



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"Something that is believed but not known has not yet been found..."



Studying Theology at Carroll College will help you to:


  1. Broaden your intellect
  2. Learn how to learn
  3. Deepen your faith
  4. Engage your tradition
  5. Understand your culture
  6. Reflect on why we live
  7. Serve in love
  8. Enter a vocation


Worried you can't get a job with Theology? Hold your horses! The theology major at Carroll is concerned with those who want to "explore the deep" of their faith, and it is built to allow this exploration in conjunction with any students' professional aspirations. In fact, we highly encourage theology students to pursue a major in a second field to broaden their skills and career options (see some common double majors here). At Carroll, we believe that theology should never be disengaged from the rest of one's life. Rather, the study of Theology informs and forms the whole of one's life. What we're saying is this: come study Theology with us and get a job and become a better person, thinker, and believer in the process. That's what we want, too!