• 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.
    • The theology department offers a sequence of courses enabling a student to major in the study of theology or to take specialized theology courses as an elective in his or her field of concentration.
    • A theology major at Gannon will receive thorough instruction in Catholic Theology, enabling him or her to specialize in either biblical studies or systematic theology, do independent research and engage in a semester of service-learning.

    You Will Learn

    Theology is at the heart of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, a tradition which assumes that the intellectual journey will lead to the reality of God. The theology program pursues this journey through a scientific and systematic investigation of the Catholic faith. The theology major at Gannon University will find the program to be very thorough in Catholic theology, allowing for specialization in either biblical studies or systematic theology. This thorough investigation inevitably leads to an appreciation of other traditions and religions, since by its nature Catholicism is open to all cultures, and seeks the good and authenticity wherever it is found.

    You Will Experience

    Theology students find internship opportunities in:

    • educational institutions
    • nonprofit organizations
    • religious organizations

    You Will Achieve

    Because theology brings together faith and reason in an integrative way, a theology major develops excellent critical thinking and writing skills by engaging a rich tradition through interdisciplinary methods of investigation. Theology majors are prepared for any career that expects excellence in creative thinking, persuasion and big-picture thinking. Such opportunities include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • community organizer, social justice advocate
    • lawyer
    • member of the clergy
    • minister (religious educator, spiritual director, counselor)
    • nonprofit executive director
    • writer/journalist

    You will Study

    The theology program offers a sequence of courses enabling students to major in the study of theology, or to take specialized theology courses as an elective in their field of concentration. Theology majors take various core and elective courses including:

    LTHE 121 Introduction to Sacred Scriptures

    This course includes the study of the Christian concept of God's self-revelation in the history of Israel and climactically in the person, as well as redemptive work, of Jesus Christ.

    LTHE 227 The Theology of Moral Responsibility

    This course includes the study of Christian ethical response based on God's word in Revelation and in the teachings of the believing community.

    LTHE 255 The Jesuit Tradition: Ignatius to Pope Francis

    The study of some of the basic Catholic beliefs concerning Jesus Christ, the Church, worship and sacrament through an Ignatian lens. Specifically, the course will be divided into three sections: 1.) St. Ignatius and the Early Companions 2.) Pedro Arrupe and Jesuit Education 3.) Pope Francis and the Jesuits Today.

    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.

    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