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Theology plays a vital role in the search for a synthesis of knowledge and in the dialogue between faith and reason.

It serves all other disciplines in their search for meaning, not only by helping them to investigate how their discoveries will affect individuals and society, but also by bringing a perspective and an orientation not contained within their own methodologies (Ex Corde Ecclesiae §19). When you choose to study theology at Benedictine University, you become part of the Catholic Benedictine tradition of a broad liberal arts education founded on a clear understanding of the relationship between faith and reason. You receive personal guidance from distinguished faculty dedicated to helping you flourish as an intellectual, a professional and a world citizen.

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Students in the Theology program have the opportunities to:

Learn critical-thinking, writing and teamwork in preparation for ministerial work or advanced theological study.
Become interfaith leaders conversant in the theory and practice of interfaith engagement.
Learn all aspects of traditional Catholic theology (scripture, systematic theology, sacramental theology, historical theology and moral theology).
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What Our Graduates Have Done With This Degree

Theology Alumni

Our alumni have gone on to work for Médecins Sans Frontières, the Catholic Medical Mission Board, the Archdiocese of Chicago, The Walt Disney Company, and as parish directors and youth ministers. They have also attended graduate and professional school at Catholic Theological Union, Loyola University Chicago, Nova Southeastern University, St. John’s University, University of St. Mary of the Lake Seminary and Wheaton College.

Transferable Skills

Benedictine’s theology program relates theology to politics, economics, education and science. The knowledge, skills and values it cultivates furnish graduates with a wide array of career options.

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Interfaith Leadership

The program’s curriculum fosters interreligious dialogue on a campus distinguished by its great diversity of faith traditions.

Comprehensive Training

Students undertake in-depth studies in subject areas such as Benedictine wisdom, business ethics, Jesus Christ, the history of Christian thought and Catholic social teaching.

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