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Theology and Religion major

Who is God? How are we to understand the relationship between God and humankind? Questions of this nature may express the most fundamental and pressing of all human inquiries. The theology major at Marquette explores faith and what it has to say about the fundamental purpose and meaning of all things, including our own existence. It seeks the deeper unity underlying all reality, its common origin and ultimate purpose. Marquette offers two majors in theology — theology and religion and Catholic theology.

Learn from the best.

As a theology major, you'll take classes from nationally recognized theologians who are distinguished for their research, writing and teaching.

Go beyond the classroom.

Marquette is home to a chapter of the national honor society for theology and religious studies, Theta Alpha Kappa, and theology majors and minors are encouraged to participate in TAK activities. TAK sponsors a variety of educational, religious and social events.

Appreciate breadth.

Theological questions evoke distinctive responses from the various religious perspectives represented in contemporary society. More than merely recognizing this fact, we respect it in all our theology courses in the ecumenical spirit of Vatican II. In addition to studying Christian doctrine, the history of Christian thought and the Bible, you'll be able to take courses such as Jewish Thought and Practice, Women in the Bible, Medical Ethics, Theology of Violence and Non-violence, Foundations of Ecological Ethics, and Christian Theology in Global Contexts.

Share your faith.

Our new major in Catholic theology is perfect for aspiring Catholic school teachers. The major's focus on theology and education courses will prepare you well to teach theology or religion in our nation's Catholic high schools.

Suggested curriculum

Major courses are bolded.


  • Introduction to Theology
  • Rhetoric and Composition I & II
  • Growth of Western Civilization I or II
  • Science and Nature Elective
  • Individual and Social Behavior
  • Foreign Language I & II
  • History Elective
  • Natural Science Elective


  • Great Moments in Christian Theology
  • Theology in the Early Church
  • Two Literature Electives
  • Mathematical Reasoning Elective
  • Philosophy of Human Nature
  • Foreign Language III & IV
  • Math, Logic or Computer Science Elective
  • Social-behavioral Science Elective


  • Old Testament Course
  • New Testament Course
  • Theology Major Course
  • Diverse Cultures Elective
  • Theory of Ethics
  • Philosophy Elective
  • Social-behavioral Science Elective


  • Theology Major Course
  • Senior Experience
  • Electives

Theology and Religion

You might like the Theology and Religion major if you

✓ Like reading and writing

✓ Have an open mind and a willingness to consider new ideas

✓ Are a reflective person

What can you do with a major in theology and religion?

Jesuit and studentsMarquette's theology major is excellent preparation for graduate school and a variety of careers in dioceses and archdioceses, legislation, public policy, medicine, law, and publishing.

Learn more about what you can do with a major in theology and religion.

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