Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Why Minor in theology?
Theology is an important place to explore, and it combines well with other fields. A future doctor can be prepared for ethical decision-making. A future psychologist or social worker can be prepared to understand religious beliefs that can be a large part of understanding how a client sees the world. A future lawyer or politician can understand one of the major influences in public debate and legislative decision-making. A future international businessperson will only benefit from understanding the quite different religions that shape people in other parts of the world. A future--or present--artist can only benefit from understanding a force that has inspired theatre and the arts from time immemorial. And a future minister or priest almost cannot function without understanding theology well.

If you choose to make theology part of the picture, should you make it a secondary major or a minor? The answer to that question varies from student to student, but a theology major is a stronger and more formal qualification and opens more options for graduate study. A theology minor is also a way to learn a significant amount of theology, but it represents a lesser investment on your part and is less demanding. Neither option is better for all people, but one or the other may fit better for you. If you are considering studying theology, we welcome your interest, and we encourage you to contact an undergraduate chair: either the Lincoln Center Undergraduate Associate Chair or the Rose Hill Undergraduate Associate Chair. Both these people are interested, not in "making" you choose one way or the other, but in helping you find which option is best for you.

The minor in theology is available at Fordham College at Rose Hill, Fordham College at Lincoln Center, and Fordham School of Professional and Continuing Studies at Rose Hill and Lincoln Center.

The minor in theology allows students to focus on areas that complement their major. It consists of six courses: Faith and Critical Reason, one Sacred Texts and Traditions course, any one of the three "Christian Thought and Practice Courses" described above in the first tier of the major, and three theology electives. There is no requirement for a student minoring in theology to take the capstone seminar described above in the third tier of the major. Discretion for admitting minors to the seminar will rest jointly with a student’s advisor and the faculty member teaching the seminar.

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