Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Spiritual Action

Building on the foundation of the Catholic tradition, the Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology and Spiritual Action will provide students with a comprehensive academic study of religion and theology. Studying theology offers students a unique opportunity to draw from human experience and ask fundamental questions about life and meaning.

In addition to the rich Christian tradition, theological reflection at OLLU draws from a variety of academic sources including psychology, history, sociology, anthropology, economics and more.

In most professional fields, critical thinking, cross-cultural understanding and collaborative experience are skills in high demand. The Theology and Spiritual Action Program develops these skills through rigorous courses that incorporate critical reflection on contemporary experiences and issues, as well as the use of service-learning projects. As a result, the skills students develop lead them to consistently score high on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). This is essential for students who wish to pursue graduate studies.

OLLU shares the campus with its founding order, which provides for a naturally religious community where students gain greater insight into the religion and values of the Catholic Church, women's spirituality, and Latino's religious expression and spirituality. Additionally, students can volunteer in the community through the Providence Leadership Program. The program allows students to explore ministry as a life path through mentoring and other service-learning experiences.

Theology and Spiritual Action degree plans and course descriptions

Dia de los Muertos

Students in the RLST program often participate in Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a religious ceremony wherein the dead are recalled, honored and celebrated. The celebration, which has taken place for more than 20 years at OLLU, provides unique insights into an oral religious belief system that is still very much alive today. Among these insights: death is feared but accepted with frivolity and celebration; the dead are recognized as present among the living, and so their continuing needs are met through songs, prayers, food, and drink; and finally, celebration is appropriate not only to honor the dead but also to embolden the living in the face of death. The Department of Religious Studies and Theology continues the Dia de los Muertos tradition to celebrate a common culture and belief, and to explore the relationship of the ritual to a larger belief system.

Honor Society

Religious Studies and Theology students have the opportunity to become members of Theta Alpha Kappa (TAK), the National Honor Society of Religious Studies and Theology. Members have pursued careers in higher education, parish and university ministry, secondary education and social activism and many other vocations.


Major Religious Studies/Theological Associations:

Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States 

American Academy of Religion

Catholic Theological Society of America

College Theology Society

Journal of Hispanic/Latino Theology

The following links focus on religious news, forums and other selected institutions:

Oblate School of Theology

Religion News Service

Catholic News Service

Center for the Study of Latino/a Christianity and Religions

World News Religion

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