Theology connects faith to all aspects of culture.

Religious faith, expressed in countless ways, has played a major role in the unfolding of human history and civilizations. Therefore, as the study of faith, theology is a vital part of a liberal arts education. Because religion intersects with all aspects of culture (for example, art, music, language, literature, history, philosophy, science), theological study offers a unique opportunity to connect the dots from multiple disciplines into a coherent world view.


Why Study Theology at CSB/SJU?

Faculty members in our theology department at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University are committed to helping students understand religion as a fundamental part of human experience. Exploring how faith and reason combine to form life-orienting perspectives, our faculty join students in grappling with major questions about God, the world, and human existence. This is done in a variety of ways, especially through the critical examination of the sacred texts and values of the Catholic tradition, other Christian traditions, and other religions.


Program Overview

  • Theology is a vital part of a liberal arts education at CSB/SJU.  Our department’s courses foster analytical skills, critical and creative thinking, and the pursuit of wisdom while helping students understand the major role of religious faith in human history and civilizations. 
  • Focusing primarily on Catholic theology, especially as it is rooted in the Benedictine heritage, our department promotes ecumenical and interfaith learning, thereby promoting the cross-cultural understanding that is desperately needed in our pluralistic society and world.
  • Our department offers a wide array of courses on Sacred Scripture and varieties of Christian theology, as well as courses on Judaism, Islam, and other religions.
  • Our courses help students explore questions of ultimate concern and the many responses to these questions found in the Christian tradition and other religious traditions.
  • We give special attention in our courses to the theological dimensions of contemporary questions and issues.

Meet the Profs


Hands-on Learning

Student Resources

Life as a Theology Major

Learning Outcomes

College of Saint Benedict
Saint John’s University

Laura Taylor
Chair, Theology Department
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