Studying at ACU has been wonderful. My teachers are always really encouraging and full of advice. It's not having your hand held, but being taught how to look at the world academically and how to approach and solve problems, with a strong network of support. One of the best features of ACU is that it welcomes and engages people equally, whether they have faith or no faith. It's an environment of complete respect, where everyone's invited to be part of the dialogue.
Ashley Mitcham, theology student
Study undergraduate theology
The Faculty of Theology and Philosophy offers the following undergraduate and honours programs:
The Certificate in Theology is for those who want to pursue an interest in theology or update their existing knowledge. Comprising 40 credit points, it also provides an alternative pathway into the Bachelor of Theology or Bachelor of Theology/Bachelor of Philosophy for domestic, fee-paying students. Credits can be granted for the units already undertaken.
Framed by the Catholic intellectual tradition, this the Bachelor of Theology introduces students to the richness and breadth of theological scholarship. Students can pursue an in-depth program of study (e.g. in biblical studies, systematic theology, ministry, liturgy, ancient languages, and philosophy), and the available elective space means that students also have the flexibility to undertake units in other disciplines, such as in the liberal arts.
This is a unique double degree that provides students with the broad knowledge, skills and flexibility offered by a liberal arts program, but enhanced by a specialised focus on theology and philosophy. Studying theology and philosophy will equip students with an understanding of the foundations of the modern world and Western civilisation, enhancing their ability to critically engage with and respond to the key challenges faced by today’s societies, governments, and organisations.
The staff are more helpful than I could have ever expected. I feel like my lecturers truly do want me to succeed in study and in life. Meeting other like-minded people is one of the best parts of studying my degree. The depth of resources that are made available to pursue knowledge as far as it can go is incredible. I want to awaken a fresh understanding of the importance of theology and philosophy in a well-rounded life.
High achieving students may wish to progress to honours study, after completing their bachelor program. The theology honours course includes coursework and the writing of a thesis, and allows students to specialise in a particular area, equipping them for further study.