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Josh Goldsbrough

Bachelor of Theology

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Theology is for those who are curious about the origin, the nature, and the future role of religion in society. It is for the inquisitive and enquiring mind; for those eager to probe the foundations of the Christian faith, the development of its central teachings and philosophies, and its relationship with the modern world.

Students of theology at ACU will explore questions of knowledge, of identity and of value, and will seek to uncover the meaning and significance of faith.

Why study theology at ACU?

ACU offers theology at any stage of your life and career journey, accessible at any level of study. There are:

All of our courses are offered in a mode to suit busy modern lifestyles – from face-to-face to fully online, via intensive mode delivery, and in networked classrooms that allow students from across different campuses ‘real time’ interactions. Learning and teaching is supported with a range of resources, readings, and activities designed to enable you to achieve your desired learning outcomes.

Our community

Learn from our national community of academics, in the company of dedicated and enthusiastic students, and benefit from a comprehensive network of international partnerships, world-leading researchers, and a supportive and nurturing environment.

‘Above world standard’ research profile

ACU’s research in Religion and Religious Studies is rated as “above world standard” (a four in the most recent Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) rankings and equal first in that category).

Course information

Areas of study include:

  • biblical studies
  • systematic theology (contemporary Christian thought)
  • moral theology
  • early Christian studies
  • liturgy and sacraments
  • ministry
  • philosophy of religion
  • interreligious dialogue
  • ancient languages
  • world religions.

Studying theology has very practical ramifications

You will develop the skills to:

  • critically examine complex issues
  • contextualise different historical and contemporary perspectives
  • engage with and articulate arguments from a range of viewpoints
  • develop your academic writing and independent research skills.

Develop skills relevant to a variety of professions

The skills developed by students of theology are highly transferrable and provide a firm foundation for a career in any industry.

Graduates are prepared to succeed in a variety of professions such as:

  • chaplaincy
  • ministry
  • pastoral work and other church-related careers
  • teaching (with further study)
  • youth and social work
  • advocacy
  • research
  • journalism and media
  • work with church-based and international development agencies.