Program Overview

The study of theology is the study of religion and spirituality. Theology is an ancient tradition that involves developing an understanding of one’s own belief system and understanding the beliefs and history of others in order to understand a person’s and society’s place in life. Theology is roughly defined as “faith seeking understanding” and is the basis for life as in the ministry or priesthood, a life in social service, or any field that requires reaching out to people and helping them through their lives. In order to function in a spiritual position, inpiduals need to be able to understand their faith, examine it critically, and develop ways of thinking necessary to articulate their faith in a clear, coherent, and meaningful manner. 

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College offers a Bachelor degree in Theology for students who want to be in a field of leadership and spirituality and understand the need for intelligent and informed dialogue with their own faith community and the world at large. 

Theology draws on a variety of disciplines as tools for study, including philosophy, psychology, sociology, cultural anthropology, history, art music, literature, and the natural sciences. 

Through this program, students will learn to function in variety of fields including service ministry, counseling, hospice work, pastoral care in health care facilities, charity services, retreats, youth ministry, church administration, religious personnel management, or campus ministering.

Students in the program are required to take a wide variety of classes in order to develop their religious understanding. These classes include study of Hebrew scriptures, Christian scriptures, the theology of god, the teachings of Jesus, the church in the contemporary world, Christian worship, topics of theology, Christian ethnics, global issues of justice and peace, ethnics and the professions, Christian ministry and service, philosophy of women, and philosophy of religion.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Bachelor

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    School Overview

    Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College is a Roman Catholic, 4-year, liberal arts women’s college located in Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana. The school was founded in 1840 and was associated with the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. In 1841, an academy for women was established by Saint Mother Theodore Guerin who was canonized in 2006 by Pope Benedict XVI. SMWC is the oldest Catholic women’s college in the nation. The school was actually the first women’s college to offer journalism courses and degree work for secondary education.

    At present, SMWC offers associate, bachelor, and graduate degrees in over 30 majors on-campus and online.


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