Sooner or later, most people encounter and consider life’s big questions. Why are we here? Is anything in life really certain? What is a good life? Does God really exist? Are our lives driven by fate, or are we free? Are there higher laws than those we compose? How can we recognize good and evil? What is the meaning of the human religious experience?
If those and other important questions intrigue you, you may be drawn toward the study of theology. Theological study has for centuries attempted to address these profound types of issues, and the discussion continues today. Alvernia’s theology program focuses on the Judeo-Christian tradition with emphasis on the Catholic expression of that tradition, but also exposes students to other faith traditions.
Majoring in theology does not necessarily mean that you’ll go to work for a church organization, although many students enter the program with that as their goal. Other theology majors find their place within a community organization or a healthcare setting, or may seek a career as a lawyer, teacher, public employee or journalist.
When you study theology, you build knowledge and skills that can be applied in nearly every endeavor. You will become adept at problem solving, and acquire the ability to express your thoughts and communicate clearly. You will learn the art of effective argumentation and improve your research and writing skills. In short, you’ll acquire abilities that will serve you well your entire life.
The abilities you’ll develop as you study in this major set you apart and make you valuable to employers. In addition, you’ll discover that exploring and wrestling with questions that have occupied mankind since its beginning are some of the most rewarding endeavors you will ever encounter.
Careers in Theology
Theology is a versatile major that can prepare you for a variety of exciting careers. While you may be aspiring toward a career based in church work, it also could be that you’re interested in writing, law, education, community work, lobbying, consulting or counseling. Perhaps you’re thinking about a career in public service, or would like to work for a religious publishing house or help staff or direct a Diocese office.
You might put your skills to work as a campus minister; hospital, prison or military chaplain; director of a church camp; pastor; priest; missionary; or religious education professional.
The skills and qualities you develop as a theology major can qualify you for a number of positions, as employers value strong critical thinking skills and the ability to communicate effectively. Alvernia theology graduates have gone on to serve in many types of careers, bolstered by the knowledge and experience gained during their time at the University.
Earning a theology degree at Alvernia can also prepare you for seminary or graduate school Graduates have pursued advanced degrees at institutions such as Villanova University and the University of Pennsylvania.