The major in theology seeks to assist students in their development towards union with God, the Blessed Trinity. Through natural revelation, God manifests Himself in creation to human reason in its natural operation. Through supernatural revelation, He manifests Himself in and through this same creation but in such a way as to reveal new, intimate depths of His Being and plan that surpass our natural power of knowing. This superhuman revelation – received by means of the gift of supernatural faith – is transmitted to us through Sacred Scripture, the living Tradition of the Church, and the authentic Magisterium. Through their courses in theology, (and always in a deeply cooperative symbiosis with the perennial philosophy) the students will carefully investigate God as revealed through faith.
“God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him” (1 Jn 4:16). These words from the First Letter of John express with remarkable clarity the heart of the Christian faith: the Christian image of God and the resulting image of mankind and its destiny. In the same verse, Saint John also offers a kind of summary of the Christian life: “We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us”… in these words the Christian can express the fundamental decision of his life. Being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction.
Pope Benedict XVI, Encyclical Letter Deus Caritas Est
Explore the Theology Program
1. Undergraduate Theology is one of the most popular majors at Ave Maria. We have over 60 students in the program.
2. Because of the importance of Theology, all students, no matter what their major, are required to take three courses in Theology.
3. Students, both majors and non-majors, frequently commend the theology faculty for the enormous personal benefit that they derive from the theology classes. They find that the courses deeply assist them in their personal and spiritual development.
4. Because most of the professors in Theology are also teachers in the Graduate Programs in Theology, as well, the undergraduate students have the benefit of especially well-qualified instructors.
In addition to the core curriculum, theology majors take the following courses
THEO 206 Creation and Grace
THEO 306 Catholic Spirituality -OR- THEO 409 Christian Marriage
THEO 307 Sacraments
THEO 309 Christ and His Church
THEO 405 Triune God
THEO 490 Senior Seminar
THEO 411 Advanced Scripture
THEO 412 Mary, Mother of God
THEO 410 Theology of Pope John Paul II
THEO 415 Special Topics such as C.S. Lewis – Theological Apologetics, Apologetics: See Catholic Response to the Protestant Reformation
See the Academic Catalog for course descriptions
Students who graduate with a major in Theology have a variety of options. Some go on for further study at the graduate level either in the U.S. or in Europe. Many go into teaching, working in Catholic high schools, and in parish educational programs. Some have found work in diocesan offices and others have entered religious life as priests, sisters and brothers.
Center for the Renewal of Catholic Theology
Gerald Boersma, Ph.D.
Adjunct Instructor of Theology
Education: Ph.D. (candidate), Ave Maria University; Systematic Theology. M.A., Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity; Theology. B.A., St. Mary’s University of Minnesota; Philosophy