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Theology Department

Our Mission

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Our mission is to advance the critical and constructive study of the ideas, symbols, narratives, beliefs, and practices of religious traditions, with particular attention to the rich diversity of Catholic Christian theology. In the tradition of Jesuit education, we promote the informed exploration of faith and justice from ecumenical, interreligious, and global perspectives. We aspire to do so in an imaginative, interdisciplinary manner that values the important contributions of the humanities, arts, and sciences. We seek to foster theological study and dialogue for the academy, for ecclesial communities, and for the public sphere. Professors and students collaborate to cultivate an environment for undergraduate and graduate studies that prizes academic excellence, lively theological inquiry, and care for students’ intellectual and personal growth, with a view to the implications of learning for living.

Theology News and Accomplishments

Join Theology as a Major or Minor

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A degree in Theology will take you on an imaginative and interdisciplinary journey to and through the intersection of faith, culture, and justice with our talented faculty. Firmly rooted in our Jesuit tradition, we embrace and promote ecumenical, inter-religious, and global perspectives and the contributions of the humanities, the arts, and the natural and social sciences. Visit our undergraduate website to see how you can become a Theology major or minor, and contact us with your interest or questions. Thank you!  

Applications closed for Master of Theological Studies program

In Fall 2024 we will welcome our second cohort of scholars into Fordham's intensive, two-year Master of Theological Studies (MTS) program. Applications for the Fall 2024 cohort closed on April 1. Applications for the Fall 2025 cohort will be available later this year, with tuition scholarships available. See the full details for applications on our MTS application page.

Islamic Studies Lecturer Zaidi receives Beacon Exemplar Award

On Wednesday, April 10 at 6 p.m., the Department of Theology's Islamic Studies Lecturer Professor Syed Zaidi will be presented with the Beacon Exemplar award for outstanding service to the Fordham community.
 The award recognizes outstanding dedication to inspiring, supporting, and motivating undergraduate students and is the highest award the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) can bestow. 

Prof. Zaidi's has demonstrated extraordinary service to Fordham's undergraduate students and to the University's Theology Department.