Why study Theology at Benedictine University Mesa?

The word “Theology” comes from the Greek “Theos” and “logos,” or study of God. Today, however, the study of Theology is designed for students interested in not only religion or the ministry, but also for careers in law, business, education, science, communications and any career which requires critical-thinking, analysis, writing and teamwork. It focuses on analyzing the foundational principles of Catholic theology and applying them to life choices in the 21st century. The major as presented at Benedictine relates theology to every aspect of lay life, politics, economics, education and science, so your career choices are not limited by this major. You can also choose to major or minor in another area such as Business or Political Science. Benedictine Mesa is the only four-year Catholic school that offers a Theology major in the entire state of Arizona. 

"I always knew I wanted to major in Theology, and I am so happy that I chose BenU Mesa to pursue my degree. My curiosity of church law drove my decision to pursue a career in canon law. Not only is Benedictine the only four-year university that offers Theology as a major in Arizona, but I was able to secure an internship with the Phoenix Diocese where I sit in on meetings, assist with transcribing, file paperwork and learn the in’s and out’s of what a canon lawyer is all about. The classes I am taking are so interesting, and my favorite so far has been the Interreligious Dialogue class, where we learn how to have peaceful and educational conversations with people of different religions. Benedictine Mesa has allowed me to grow not only spiritually, but personally and professionally as well.” - ALLISON SITCLER, '21


Theology is More Than Just Religion

Saint Anselm, the great Benedictine theologian, philosopher, and Archbishop, described theology as “faith seeking understanding.” Our Theology program educates students, whether they are Catholic or another faith, or no faith at all, to articulate and seek the understanding of God, our relationship with God, and questions of ultimate concern. 

St. Procopius Pastoral Institute

BenU Mesa offers students the chance to apply for the St. Procopius Pastoral Institute, which is a place where students can serve the church and provide experience in the form of: internships, spiritual direction, leadership training, and retreats. 

Our Alumni Are Successful

Our Theology majors have gone on to experience fulfilling careers in youth ministry, teaching, clergy, and law. 

Sample Courses

•  THEO 3308: Theology of the Body
•  THEO 1101: Theology of Love
•  THEO 2223: History of Christian Thought
•  RELS 2285: Religion in America
•  THEO 2208: Marriage and the Family
•  THEO 4399: Thesis

Benedictine is in CO+HOOTS

The CO+HOOTS Institute for Entrepreneurship at Benedictine will begin in the Fall of 2020 and offer BenU Mesa students a safe environment to learn and launch a potential business under the guidance of practicing, experienced, and successful entrepreneurs. The four-year intensive immersion program will develop and support the growth of our students’ 
innovative and creative ideas.  Learn more and apply at ben.edu/mesa/cohoots.

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