Providence College’s Department of Theology is a community of scholars who are seeking to live the command to “love the Lord your God … with all your mind.” Together, we read Scripture, as well as great thinkers like Augustine, Aquinas, and Teresa of Avila. Together, we strive to understand everything from the Trinity to the implications of the Catholic tradition for economics. Together, we wrestle with tough questions and challenge one another to live out the answers.
A major or minor in Theology prepares students to serve in the Church, to work in a number of faith-related fields, or to teach. More importantly, though, it equips graduates to move into any setting, ready to ask the most important questions – and draw on the Church’s rich intellectual tradition to find answers.
Experiential Learning Opportunities
The theology department, like so many others around campus, offers students the opportunity to be active participants in their learning outside of the classroom. Here are a couple of examples of recent engaged learning experiences.
Sustainable Micro-flushing Toilets in Ethiopia
The Global Sustainable Aid Project has now been placed in the hands of Dr. Terrence McGoldrick, associate professor of theology. This organization trains workers and students in Ethiopia to build micro-flush toilets.
A New Adventure in China
This project, led by Tianyi Yuan ’20, explored the inculturation and vitality of faith that made the mission of ancient Syrian Nestorian Christianity into China possible.