CAREERS AND ALUMNI
Careers in Theology and Religion
The study of theology and religion affords majors, minors and advanced degree graduates a range of employment opportunities. Most of our alumni pursue careers in humanitarian, philanthropic, religious or other nonprofit, charitable organizations. They work as educators, administrators, campus/youth/parish ministers, counselors, or spiritual directors. The study of theology and religion also helps contribute to shape your profile if you plan to enter professions such as law, medicine, business, human services, education, journalism and social work, or pursue advanced studies in these and related fields—where broad, interdisciplinary, and ethical perspectives matter.
ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT - CHRISTOPHER MORRIS '18 BA, '20 MAT
It may seem unlikely that the education path Chris Morris took to a career as a Special Agent with the Department of Homeland Security came straight through the Department of TRS but ask Chris and he will tell you, “I was truly and sincerely inspired by my classmates, my professors, and the individuals who comprised the department, to let the light of Christ, not the material world, guide the path of my life.” He has a deep and profound trust in the teachings of Christ that has guided him throughout his life. Chris chose to study theology - for both his undergraduate and graduate degrees - because, in his words, “I found myself constantly overwhelmed with love and care for all that I was doing as a student and all that I dreamed of doing post-graduation. The faith, support, and belief that the department showed in me was sometimes stronger than the belief I had in myself.”
Chris uses the lessons learned while at Villanova as a basis for living his personal and professional life; his outlook helps guide his work as a special agent, while dealing with superiors, colleagues and those he protects. One particular lesson which made a huge impact on Chris was while taking an undergraduate seminar with Dr. Timothy Hanchin that focused on pedagogical methods that enable and encourage students to see and experience the love and appreciation that a teacher has for a particular subject or area of interest in their own unique way. This experience helped Chris see a clearer image of Christ the Teacher, and taught Chris to approach interactions, whether as an expert or as a novice, from a position of humility and respect. He left Villanova feeling challenged and motivated to push himself to continue to discover all that the world offers to those who wish to grow and develop.
Brandon Joa, '23 MAT
Recent graduate Brandon Joa was part of a team working with a faith-based organization to study food insecurity in North Philadelphia, an area where 30–45% or more of the population lives below the federal poverty line. The findings were published online with BMC Public Health in an article titled "Differentials and predictors of food insecurity among Federally Qualified Health Center target populations in Philadelphia: a cross-sectional study." The study concluded a 37% prevalence of food insecurity in that sector of the city. Brandon is currently a physician resident in family medicine at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton near Oceanside, California where he continues his research in bioethics, theology, and addiction medicine.
Alumni of any of our graduate Theology programs are eligible to apply for and receive a $600 Lilly scholarship towards a Certificate in Church Management, bringing the total cost of the 12-session webinar program down to $299. Learn more about this certificate program offered through the Villanova School of Business.