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Theology B.A.  

Major  Minor  
120 credit hours
100% career outcome rate1
 

Theology is the study of God. Christian theology studies the Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, through His self-revelation in His creation and in His Word, the Bible. A Lutheran Christian pursuit of theology places its primary focus on God’s work of salvation through the mission and ministry of Jesus Christ to reclaim humanity from sin’s deadly snare.

Christian theology also examines the human experience of faith, expressed both personally and corporately in the church and in the world. Christian theologians examine different religions and understandings of the meaning of life. Theology involves not only the study of the nature of God and humanity, but also history, art, culture, philosophy, the environment, biblical languages and more.

The theology program at Concordia University, Nebraska can help you understand the Christian faith in a profound manner so that, in partnership with the Holy Spirit, you might translate it into a way of life that richly expresses God’s gracious love in Christ Jesus for all his creation.

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. Classes offered in the Department of Theology, Philosophy and Biblical Languages provide excellent preparation for graduate school or seminary, leading to a variety of careers in ministry, law, medicine and publishing. Theology majors may explore the subject matter as an academic discipline in itself, but many theology majors pursue a path that leads to a career of service in and through the church.

Theology classes at Concordia welcome students from all religious backgrounds to engage the teachings of the Bible as the inspired Word of God. As part of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, the faculty members of Concordia’s Department of Theology, Philosophy, and Biblical Languages teach the Christian faith according to the standard of the Lutheran Confessions.

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Student-to-faculty ratio

67%
Faculty with terminal degree

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.

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Concordia NebraskaTheology: Program Goals

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

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

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Students will integrate broad and diverse learning within theology.

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

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

Concordia Nebraska Theology: Career Outcomes

Pastor

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

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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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Pre-Seminary

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.