Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York
 


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Duane Library The discipline of theology explores the big questions: What does it mean to be human? What does it mean to believe in, or not believe in, the existence of God? Why are there so many religions? Throughout history, people have turned to religion to explore the most fundamental questions about the human experience. Even today, theological motivation and values often animate personal and public decisions, affecting individuals, communities, nations, and the globe. In Fordham’s theology department, we tackle these topics by engaging theological questions from the vantage point of a variety of disciplines, including systematic theology, ethics, philosophy, history, and literary studies. In light of Fordham’s Jesuit heritage and Catholic identity, many of our courses focus on the rich diversity within the Catholic tradition, though we also offer courses on all other global traditions of faith.

Theology undergraduate majors learn crucial skills for thinking critically about the world in which we live, writing persuasively, and communicating effectively. While some of our majors pursue advanced graduate work in theology or religion, other students go on to have meaningful and successful careers in law, business, the non-profit sector, and medicine, among other fields.

At Fordham, theology can be pursued as a major (with an option for making theology the second of two declared majors) or a minor. Both the major and the minor include a combination of required courses and electives. The department also has a chapter of Theta Alpha Kappa, the national honor society for religious studies and theology. Theology undergraduate majors learn crucial skills of thinking critically about the world in which we live, writing persuasively, and communicating effectively. While some of our majors go on to pursue advanced gradate work in theology or religion, most of our students go on to have meaningful and successful careers in law, business, the non-profit sector or medicine. Electives allow students to shape the major in light of their own interests. The department also has a chapter of Theta Alpha Kappa, the national honor society for religious studies and theology.

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