Theology

At USF, theology is approached as a science of faith whereby reason inquires into divinely revealed truth.

Theology prepares a student to better understand his or her faith and therefore better serve the Church and live that faith. Rooted in tradition, the study of theology helps students answer the fundamental questions of human existence, providing a foundation upon which one can deal with the spiritual and ethical questions of the modern world.

USF theology majors receive a firm foundation in the basic knowledge and awareness regarding the religious nature of the human person in relationship to God. In this pursuit, students will gain a broad exposure into the history of religious expression and belief, particularly that of the Roman Catholic Church.

Emphasis is on Scripture, tradition, Catholic Church doctrine, and the application of ethics and morality to everyday life. While the focus is on Roman Catholicism, the interrelationships with other Christian denominations and non-Christian religions are also pursued in a spirit of ecumenism.

Students select from two concentrations:

  • Pastoral Ministry, which can be individually designed to prepare students in their primary area of interest.
  • Teaching Ministry, which prepares students for teaching at the secondary level or in a parish.

Students may also choose to have a Theology major without a declared concentration.

The opportunity to travel to sites of religious significance, like the Vatican or Assisi, gives students greater insight by providing an important context for learning.

What can I do with a theology degree?

Many students come to USF with a specific ministry in mind, such as youth ministry, counseling, hospital ministry or teaching. Internships in these areas can help students gain hands-on experience and best determine the focus they wish their work to take.