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Theology B.A.  

Major  Minor  
120 credit hours
100% career outcome rate1

Theology is the study of religion. It examines the human experience of faith and how different people and cultures express it. Theologians examine different religions and interpretations of faith to discover their impact on society. Theologians have the complex job of thinking about and debating the nature of God and the meaning of religion. A degree in theology can help you understand history, cultures and even yourself and your motivations on a deeper level. The theology program at Concordia University, Nebraska can help you learn to understand your faith so that, in partnership with the Holy Spirit, you might translate it into a way of life that balances the complexities of life in the kingdom of this world with life in the kingdom of God.

With a degree in theology from Concordia Nebraska, you will learn to think and read critically, speak clearly and persuasively, and better understand how religious convictions shape us ethically as members of the human community. Studying Christian theology helps you consider both historical and contemporary questions related to theological and religious thought to enhance your awareness of religious beliefs and practices among different cultures. The study of theology is part philosophy, part history, part anthropology and also something entirely its own.

Theology majors at Concordia Nebraska study religious faith in-depth. Classes focus on the beliefs, teachings, history, practices and ethics of various religions. It is excellent preparation for graduate school or the seminary and a variety of careers in ministry, law, medicine and publishing. Generally, theology majors choose one of two paths to follow: a purely academic path, studying religion and theology in theoretical, historical terms or a parochial, theological path that leads to a career serving the church.

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To serve in my future role as a DCE, I want to be able to have the theological answers that they may be seeking, and be able to best teach the children that are going to grow up to become the adults of our denomination.
Hannah Birtell
Holdrege, Nebraska
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Core Concepts

The theology program at Concordia University, Nebraska exists to educate students to communicate the Gospel effectively, serve the church faithfully and minister with integrity at home and abroad. Solid and critical grounding in the Lutheran Christian academic tradition engages students in dialogue with other disciplines across the university for understanding and commitment to the scholarship, exploration and promotion of our Christian faith.

Concordia NebraskaTheology: Learning Objectives

Students in the theology program at Concordia University, Nebraska will investigate the basic principles, values and practices that ground an authentic moral life.

Students will gain an understanding of applied ethics from the perspective of both philosophy and Christian theology.

Students will explore the development of the Christian theological tradition in its historical complexity.

Students will examine the evangelical, ecumenical, theological and practical content of the Lutheran Confessions.

Rev. Dr. Paul Holtorf - Theology

Concordia University - Theology Department

Concordia NebraskaTheology: Program Goals


Students in the theology program at Concordia University, Nebraska will be able to communicate clearly and effectively in theological research papers and oral presentations. 


Students will learn to think critically about historical and intellectual contexts and arguments regarding theological issues.


Students will integrate broad and diverse learning within theology.


Students will be able to apply a reasoned approach to effective decision-making, according to sound and coherent ethical principles.


Students will understand the Lutheran, Christian theological tradition in the context of historical, cultural and spiritual concerns.

Concordia Nebraska Theology: Career Outcomes


A Lutheran pastor serves the church by providing a balanced ministry of preaching, pastoral care and organizational leadership to the congregation. As a Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod pastor, you would care for the spiritual growth of your congregation, whether that is in a church, hospital, university or in the armed service as a chaplain. 

8.2% Annual Growth Rate2
$25,430 Entry-Level Salary2
$47,100 Mid-Level Salary2
$80,060 Late-Level Salary2

Youth Ministries Director

Youth ministries directors plan and oversee programs and activities for children and adolescents at a church, community outreach or social service program. As a youth director, you would help your congregation or community flourish by providing supplemental education programs, alternative after-school activities and mission trips that encourage youth to develop their faith and be faithful followers of Christ.

7.1% Annual Growth Rate2
$20,190 Entry-Level Salary2
$38,980 Mid-Level Salary2
$82,570 Late-Level Salary2

Theology and Religious Studies Professor

Theology professors teach their students the basics of theology and religion. As a theology professor, you would help your students discover and explore the basic fundamentals of religious and theological thought and delve deeper into the study of theology.

12.3% Annual Growth Rate2
$37,070 Entry-Level Salary2
$69,590 Mid-Level Salary2
$129,490 Late-Level Salary2

Concordia NebraskaTheology: Related Programs


Christian Education Leadership

The Christian education leadership major from Concordia University, Nebraska can help you serve Christ’s church through education as a Director of Christian education (DCE), youth or camp ministry leader, Christian teacher or as a national or international missionary by equipping you to bring Christian values and leadership to God’s people in a church or school.

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Secondary Education

With a degree in secondary education from Concordia University, Nebraska, you will be equipped to teach grades 7-12, encouraging intellectual and emotional growth at a critical time in the lives of your students. You’ll engage in rich coursework, collaborate with faculty and gain invaluable experience first shadowing a professional teacher and then teaching in your own high school classroom.

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Concordia University, Nebraska’s pre-seminary program will prepare you for admission to a theological seminary, so you can become a member of the ordained pastoral ministry. Designed to coordinate specifically with the Master of Divinity program of both seminaries of the LCMS, Concordia’s pre-seminary program is rooted in the liberal arts tradition and includes an emphasis in the biblical languages of Greek and Hebrew, along with a background in philosophy and the humanities.

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1 Recent graduates attending graduate school or employed within six months of graduation.

2 Career salary and wages sourced from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.