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
Sedes Sapientiae, ora pro nobis!
Thank you for visiting Ave Maria University website in order to learn more about our B.A. in theology. AMU is committed to the renewal and deepening of genuinely Catholic spiritual, intellectual, and cultural life. To choose a Theology Major is to embark on an exacting and exciting venture to deepen both one’s contemplative union with the Triune God and one’s understanding of the great truths of the Catholic faith.
To study theology challenges us to open our minds and hearts to Jesus Christ, the one Teacher who illumines everything by his very being as the Word of the Father in the Holy Spirit. To study Catholic theology is to realize that the Word Incarnate and the Holy Spirit inspired Sacred Scripture and continue to guide the Magisterium of the Church, whose Tradition directs us as we reach up to the great minds and hearts of the many saints and scholars who over the millennia have contributed to the quest for genuine holiness, wisdom, science, scholarship, and art.
If you decide to become a Theology Major at AMU, it is their lives and writings that you will study. Fidelity to Catholic truth demands more—not less—commitment to deepening and broadening one’s intelligence to appreciate the unity of theological and philosophical wisdom, too often forgotten in the many specializations and fragmentations of contemporary academic culture. Our program emphasizes a contemplative pattern of study that initiates students into the great tradition of speculative wisdom, with its unifying theoretical vision of the whole of God’s creative and redemptive presence.
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.
Michael Dauphinais, Ph.D.
Professor of Theology & Department Chair
Fr. Robert Garrity
Gina Noia, Ph.D
James Prothro, Ph.D.
Daniel Lendman, Ph.D. (candidate)
Adjunct Instructor of Theology
Education: B.A., Liberal Arts, Thomas Aquinas College; M.A., Philosophy, Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology; S.T.M., Theology, International Theological Insitute; S.T.L., Systematic Theology, International Theological Insitute; Ph.D. (candidate), Systematic Theology, Ave Maria University
Kara Logan, Ph.D. (candidate)
Adjunct Instructor of Theology
Education: B.A., Theology, Benedictine College; M.A., Theology, Augustine Institute; B.A., Theology, Benedictine College; Ph.D. (candidate), Systematic Theology, Ave Maria University
Steven Long, Ph.D.
Fr. Guy Mansini, S.T.D.
Max Seckler Chair of Theology
Education: B.A., Philosophy, Saint Meinrad College; M. Div., Theology, Saint Meinrad School of Theology; M.A., Religious Studies, Indiana University; M.A., Philosophy, Marquette University; S.T.D., Pontifical Gregorian University
Office: Henkels 3009
Phone: (239) 280-2594
Mark Miravalle, S.T.L., S.T.D
Roger Nutt, S.T.D.
Thomas Scheck, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Theology
Thomas Scheck has translated a number of biblical commentaries and sets of homilies by the Church Fathers, Origen, St. Jerome and St. Chromatius of Aquileia. He has published two books: Origen and the History of Justification, and Erasmus’s Life of Origen.
Sean Robertson, Ph.D. (candidate)
T. Adam Van Wart, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Theology
Jeffrey Walkey, Ph.D. (Candidate)
Adjunct Instructor of Theology
Education: B.A., St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. M.A., Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity; Theology; Philosophy; Ph.D. (candidate), Ave Maria University; Systematic Theology