We grant a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Theology and Religious Studies. You must declare the major during your sophomore year. We require a minimum GPA of 2.5 for acceptance. If you do not meet this requirement you may petition our Director of Undergraduate Program for acceptance into the program.
To declare a major, please see the Director of Undergraduate Program in the Saint Augustine Center. We will discuss with you all aspects of the program: requirements; program structure; course selection; and possibilities and opportunities for further studies in Theology (for example, our Five-Year Bachelor/Master's Degree Program).
You fulfill the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts by taking the Foundational Course, THL 1000, plus 10 additional Theology and Religious Studies courses. These courses include 5 required courses, 4 elective courses, and 1 advanced seminar. The chart below shows one possible timeline for taking your courses.
You may choose the 5 required courses from any of the courses listed in the document below.
The required courses include
- one course in Biblical Studies;
- one course in Historical Studies;
- one course in Theological Studies;
- one course in Christian Ethics; and
- one course in Religion.
We offer one of the required courses as a Research Seminar during your Junior or Sophomore year.
You may choose the 4 elective courses from any of our departmental offerings. Also, please consider the following possibilities.
You may develop a concentration. Simply take a minimum of 3 elective courses from one of the 5 areas listed above; the remaining 4th course is a free elective.
You may also select 1 elective course from another department that complements your program.
Note: THL 1000 does not fulfill the requirement for one of the 4 elective courses; it is prerequisite of all other courses.
The Advanced Seminar ...
VU students take the Advanced Seminar ( THL 6500 - Advanced Seminar ) in their Senior year.