In the long history of the Catholic intellectual tradition, Theology is usually described as "faith seeking understanding" – in all the ways such understanding can be pursued, through all the disciplines, sciences and arts.
Theology’s first responsibility is to Truth itself, whether disclosed through divine revelation, or through philosophical exploration, or through the interweaving of both, along with other disciplines in the common search for wisdom. The study of Theology is therefore fascinating, thought-provoking, challenging, and very rewarding intellectually and spiritually.
Theology has very practical ramifications. It relates faith, spirituality and scholarship to a concern for human flourishing, the common good, the dignity of the human person, and stewardship of the environment and all creation.
It is particularly relevant to those professions that are committed to promoting human flourishing – such as pastoral care, counselling, chaplaincy, teaching, social work, psychology, justice and peace, advocacy, and humanitarian aid and development, within the Church and the charitable sector.
Theological studies develop the skills of critical thinking, rigorous argument, academic writing, and independent research that are highly valued by employers. They also provide a firm foundation for further career development in such fields as journalism and media, public relations, and administration.
Theological Studies is offered as an Arts major through the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy (FTP).
As an ACU graduate with a specialisation in Theological Studies what valued skills will you possess?
Upon completion of your specialisation, you will be able to:
- Understand challenging theological problems
- Demonstrate advanced skills in critical thinking, including the analysis of complex arguments
- Produce sophisticated and insightful interpretations and research of your own
- Communicate in an articulate and confident manner in both verbal and written formats
Where to from ACU?
- Theological Studies can make an important contribution to individuals intending to pursue careers in pastoral care, counselling, chaplaincy, teaching, social work psychology, justice and peace, advocacy, and humanitarian aid and development