What is Theology?
Theology is the study of religion, usually of Christianity. Students of theology study the history of religion as well as current topics in religion by looking at religious literature, doctrines, churches, and traditions. They also explore topics such as: evil, suffering, mercy, and justice. Theology degree programs often include instruction on counseling, preaching, teaching, ministering, leading believers, and worshiping. Theology majors comprehensively study the Bible and are also introduced to other world religions.
Is Theology a Good Major / Degree for Me?
Are you interested in God and faith? Do you enjoy learning about history? Do you feel called to help others in need? Are you a compassionate person? Do you like to read? Are you interested in other languages and cultures? Do you like to do research? Do you like pondering the great questions of the universe? Do you enjoy music? Do you like to write? Do you enjoy constructive debate and discussion? Do you like being involved in and serving the community? Are you good at working independently? If you answered yes to some of these questions, then a degree in theology might be for you!
High School Classes Needed for a Theology Degree in College:
- 4 English Credits
- At least 3 Math Credits
- At least 3 Lab Science Credits
- At least 3 Social Studies Credits (preferably more)
- At least 2 Foreign Language Credits (preferably more)
- If your high school offers AP courses, opt for these opportunities!
- While many schools do not offer the following courses, if yours does, you should also take:
- World Literature
Common Theology Courses in College:
- Biblical Languages
- Foreign Language
- History of the Bible
- History of Christianity
- The New Testament
- The Old Testament
- World Religions
Similar Degree Programs You Might Want to Explore:
- Bible: the study of the Bible, including Biblical languages, history of the Bible, and interpretations of the Bible
- Missions: a course of study that prepares students to share Christian beliefs with and bring practical help to peoples around the world
- Music Ministries: a course of study that prepares students to use music to minister to others
- Pastoral Ministries: a course of study that prepares students to serve as pastors
- Peace Studies: the study of war, conflict, peace, and nonviolent conflict resolution
- Philosophy: the study of the truths and principles of being, knowledge, and conduct
- Psychology: the study of the human mind and of human behavior
- Sociology: the study of human social behavior
- Urban Ministries: a course of study that prepares students to serve and minister to people in heavily populated (and often underserved) areas
- Youth Ministries: a course of study that prepares students to serve and minister to young people
Individuals who earn theology degrees often go on serve as:
- Clergy / Pastors / Ministers
- Humanitarian Workers
- Social Workers
- Worship Leaders