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  • Bachelor of Arts Major
  • Minor
  • Erie, Pennsylvania

Theology majors at Gannon receive thorough instruction in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition and Christian Theology, enabling them to engage in independent research and a semester of service-learning.

  • GU Possibilities
    • The theology department offers a variety of courses enabling a student to major in theology or to take specialized theology courses as an elective in his or her field of concentration.
    • Theology majors at Gannon receive thorough instruction in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition and Christian Theology, enabling them to do independent research and engage in a semester of service-learning.
    • On average, students who intend to pursue graduate work in theology or religion have the sixth-highest score (out of 50) on the verbal reasoning section of the Graduate Record Examination.

    You Will Learn

    Theology is rooted in human reflection and investigation oriented towards the mystery of God who, in goodness and wisdom, is revealed in the prophets and in Jesus Christ. Students majoring in theology will critically engage the Catholic Intellectual Tradition that is animated by the relationship between faith and reason and includes the interpretation of the Bible, the articulation of Christian faith, liturgy and worship, Christian morality, and the pastoral mission of the people of God in the modern world. Through theological reflection and investigation, students majoring in theology will seek to uncover truth about God and the human family and appreciate religious diversity in the world.

    You Will Experience

    Theology students find internship opportunities in:

    • educational institutions
    • church ministry
    • religious and non-profit organizations

    You Will Achieve

    Because theology integrates both faith and reason, theology majors have a unique opportunity to develop critical thinking skills by engaging the Catholic Intellectual Tradition through interdisciplinary methods of investigation.  Theology majors are prepared for careers that expect creative thinking, rigorous investigation, and ethical engagement with the world. Such opportunities include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • education
    • ministry
    • career in research/writing
    • community organizer

    You Will Earn

    Salaries in the field vary depending on the location and type of organization.

    • Starting salary: $34,000
    • Mid-career salary: $52,200
    All salary information is compiled from data gathered from the Bureau of Labor Statistics ( and/or PayScale (

    You Will Study

    Example Course Descriptions

    All Gannon University students are required to take LTHE 101 Foundations of Theology and Christian Morality and LTHE 201 The Bible: An Introduction.  Theology majors take an additional 30 credits in Theology selected from over 25 courses, including:

    LTHE 323 Vatican II and the Catholic Tradition

    A study of the historical, social, and theological dimensions of Vatican II and the ongoing process of Vatican II's reception in the life of the Roman Catholic Church, the ecumenical community, and the world.

    LTHE 333 Theology of Marriage

    This course is a study of the Judeo-Christian understanding of marriage in its various aspects: biblical, theological, psychological, and canonical. It will concentrate on the following topics: defining marriage, God and marriage, marriage preparation, and issues surrounding marriage today.

    THEO 455 Catholic Social Teaching Immersion

    A study of Catholic Social Teaching derived from Sacred Scripture, the Catholic Tradition, and contemporary teachings. Students will apply this knowledge by encountering the poor and marginalized in a specific context. Through the experience, students will learn why Catholic Social Teaching is an important part of the Church's history and future. Specific course content will vary based on the immersion destination.

    Liberal Studies Core

    The Liberal Studies Core Curriculum is one reflection of Gannon University's commitment to its Catholic identity. The Core's design offers students a defined, integrated, shared experience as the foundation for their undergraduate program.