Theology

 
B.A. MajorMinor

With a degree in theology, you will learn to think and read critically, speak clearly, and better understand how religious convictions shape us as members of the human community.

Theology majors study religious faith in-depth. Classes focus on the beliefs, teachings, history, practices, and ethics of religions. It is excellent preparation for graduate school or the seminary and a variety of careers in ministry, law, medicine, and publishing.

Professors

13:1
Student to faculty ratio

Theology Sample Academic Outcomes

 

Careers

  • Professor of Theology
  • Manager for Congregational Outreach
  • Chaplain
  • Director of Youth Ministries
  • Pastor

Graduate Schools

  • Concordia Seminary
  • Concordia Theological Seminary
  • Gordon-Conwell Seminary

of graduates placed in full-time church vocations

of theology students are accepted into their graduate school of choice

Theology Faculty

Theology Student and Alumni Reviews

Concordia University is focused on providing an exceptional experience and we ask our students to provide feedback on all aspects of their student experience. The ratings and comments below are from our annual survey of all graduating seniors regarding their experience in the Theology program, the academic department and the university.

 
 

Praise and Worship

One of the things that makes Concordia exceptional is that we have many unique opportunities for reaching a deeper understanding of the inexhaustible love of God. Daily chapel, evening prayer, PRAISE! and other informal worship services provide a rich opportunity to honor God and sing His praises.

What if I’m not Lutheran?
What if I’m not Lutheran?

Concordia is a Lutheran Christian university, and we are proud of our heritage. However, we have students from all kinds of religious backgrounds. We teach religion classes from a Lutheran perspective, but a respectful dialogue occurs in and outside the classroom. All are welcome!

Pre-Seminary Club
Pre-Seminary Club

The goal of Concordia’s pre-seminary club is to promote fellowship, education, spirituality, maturity and faith for those who seek to be pastors in The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

Student Worship Committee
Student Worship Committee

All students have the opportunity to be involved in the spiritual life and growth of the campus community. SWC is committed to ensuring meaningful worship experiences for Concordia students by providing acolytes, ushers, and behind-the-scenes liturgical duties at chapel services and praise opportunities.

Theology Sample Course Schedule

Semester 1

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    Rel 101 Introduction to the Bible
    3
    A historical and theological survey of the Bible emphasizing the thematic unity of the Holy Scriptures fulfilled in Jesus Christ. The course prepares the student to take either Religion 121 or Religion 131 as fulfillment of the Religion General Education requirements.
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    Gen Ed 13 Credit Hours
    13

Semester 2

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    Rel 121 History and Literature of the Old Testament
    3
    A historical and theological survey of the Old Testament era and the Old Testament writings with an emphasis on summarizing and communicating their major themes.
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    Gen Ed 13 Credit Hours
    13

Semester 3

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    Theo 210 Faith and Life
    3
    This course examines the implications of Lutheran Christian theology for an understanding of vocation at both the personal and corporate levels. The emphasis of the course is on the application to life of biblically based Lutheran theology. Topics to be explored will include, but will not be limited to: a survey of the Reformation era, the proper distinction between Law and Gospel, two-kingdoms theology, the priesthood of all believers, vocation, stewardship, ethics, and select contemporary issues in Christian theology.
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    Theo 251 Interpretation of Selected Pauline Epistles
    3
    Particular attention is given to developing interpretative skills and preparing devotions. This course focuses attention on selected Pauline Epistles.
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    Theo 371 History of Christian Thought
    3
    A study of major events and controversies in Western Christianity. The creeds, teachings which resulted, and the personalities which significantly influenced the formation of Christian thought are studied on the basis of original texts in translation.
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    Gen Ed 6 Credit Hours
    6

Semester 4

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    Theo 242 Interpretation of Selected Psalms
    3
    Particular attention is given to developing interpretative skills and preparing devotions. This course focuses attention on selected Psalms.
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    Phil 301 Concepts in Philosophy
    3
    A general orientation in the field of philosophy through a consideration of its major types and problems. Emphasis upon the practice of critical thinking and an appreciation of the greater thought systems of history.
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    Gen Ed 10 Credit Hours
    10

Semester 5

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    Theo 331 Studies in the Life of Christ
    3
    The setting, activity, significance, and evaluation of the person and work of Jesus on the basis of Scripture, historical literature, and recent scholarship.
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    Theo 361 Christian Doctrine I
    3
    This course examines Lutheran doctrine and applies it to the work, worship, and life of the Christian community. The topics are the nature and authority of Scripture, the nature of God, creation, the nature of man under grace and law, and the person and the work of Christ.
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    Hist 313 Religion and Society in the United States
    3
    A historical analysis of the interaction between religion and society in the United States from precolonial to contemporary times; emphasis on themes such as Puritanism, revivalism, social reform, religious pluralism, civil religion, and on-going theological issues. Attention is given to the development of Lutheranism in the American setting.
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    Theo 382 Theology of Corporate Worship
    3
    The shaping of a theology of corporate worship on the basis of the Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions, with particular reference to criteria for creating and evaluating worship forms in the church today.
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    Gen Ed 3 Credit Hours
    3

Semester 6

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    Theo 450 Understanding and Teaching the Bible
    3
    This course gives attention to the role of the Bible in faith formation, hermeneutical principles, ways of teaching the Bible, Bible study programs, small group study, resources, and ways of promoting personal, family, and congregational involvement with the Bible.
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    Theo 362 Christian Doctrine II
    3
    This course examines Lutheran doctrine and applies it to the work, worship, and life of the Christian community. The topics are the Church’s mission and ministry, the means of grace (Word and Sacraments), the person and work of the Holy Spirit, justification, the Church, Christian living, predestination, and eschatology.
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    Hist 334 Early and Medieval Christianity
    3
    This course surveys the early and medieval history of Christianity and the Church. Attention is given to the development of theological thought, ecclesiastical structures, and the various relationships between the Church and the “world” during this period of time.
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    Theo 385 Parish Visitation and Evangelism
    3
    The Theology of the Church’s mission and the practice of visitation and evangelism ministries within the setting of a parish are the focus of this course. Methods of visitation and programs and techniques of personal evangelism will be explored. Skills in speaking the Gospel will be developed.
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    Phil 311 History of Philosophical Thought I
    3
    An introduction to western philosophy through the study of leading thinkers and their systems of thought. The course begins with the pre–Socratic period in Greece (5th century B.C.), moves through the beginning of the Christian era and culminates in the Medieval era to the 14th century.
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    Gen Ed 3 Credit Hours
    3

Semester 7

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    Theo 375 Christian Denominations and Religious Movements
    3
    This course is a comparative study of the major Christian denominations and religious movements which focuses on Biblical, religious, and theological emphases, organizational polity, cultural and historical backgrounds, and analyzes these aspects and contributions to ethnicities, cultures, religion and social dynamics within the world.
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    Theo 363 The Lutheran Confessions
    3
    As examination of the evangelical, ecumenical, theological, and practical content of the Book of Concord through an exploration of the Three Ecumenical Creeds, the Augsburg Confession and Apology, and the Formula of Concord.
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    Hist 335 The Renaissance and the Reformation
    3
    The beginning period of the modern world. The three main divisions: Renaissance, the Reformation, and the Catholic Reformation.
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    Theo 390 World Religions: The Gospel in a Pluralistic World
    3
    A survey of major world religions, highlighting their origins, history and worldview, and assessing the impact of each upon world culture.
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    Gen Ed 3 Credit Hours
    3

Semester 8

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    Theo 418 From Exile to Christ: A Study of the Political and Theological Development in Judaism during the Intertestamental Period
    3
    This course is an historical study of the Palestinian Judaism from the post–exilic period to the birth of Christ with extensive reading in intertestamental documents (Apocrypha, Dead Sea Scrolls, rabbinic sayings), noting those theological developments which prepare for the New Testament.
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    Theo 489 Ministry in a Changing World
    3
    This course analyzes and evaluates selected societal issues, examining and assessing how Christians as the Church are responding or might respond to them. Using theological foundations of Law and Gospel, the student will reflect thoughtfully on the character of Christian discipleship in the contemporary world and examine and refine his or her understanding of individual and corporate ministry. This course does not seek to impose ready-made answers to the issues studied, but to stimulate questions and serious reflection on the character of Christian discipleship in the face of significant social issues in today’s global community.
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    Phil 312 History of Philosophical Thought II
    3
    An introduction to Western philosophy beginning with the rise of the scientific method and the beginnings of modern empiricism, centering then on the watershed of Western philosophy, that is, Immanuel Kant, and his immediate successors, and concluding with the survey of 20th century thought and the age of analysis.
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    Gen Ed 6 Credit Hours
    6