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Theology, B.A.

As a Whitworth theology major, you will wrestle with the deep, fundamental questions of life. You will learn to love God more deeply, think critically, and engage in Christian thought for the sake of Christian living. You will be encouraged to discern Jesus Christ's call on your life and to pursue a vocation of Christian mission, however that may look for you. You will also be immersed in a rich community of professor-mentors and classmates who will support you through challenging study and spiritual formation. For these reasons, we view theological study as a "school of wisdom."

Why major in theology at Whitworth?

  • Engage in serious study. You will likely be surprised by how rigorous the study of theology is and how much you have to learn, no matter your background. But you'll also discover that theology is not dry or onerous, but spiritually encouraging and life-giving.
  • Learn from professors who care about you. Our theology professors not only offer academic expertise, but also personal and spiritual support. They seek to know you informally and outside of the classroom through meetups for meals, coffee, hiking or backpacking.
  • Develop community through fun events such as department game nights and Old Testament costume parties, and through thoughtful events like Overflow, a forum for theological discussions.
  • Prepare for your ultimate vocation as a Christian. The study of theology will play a fundamental role in preparing you for Christian living in the realms of the family, church, community and the world. By knowing Jesus Christ better, you will become more equipped to be a good steward of God's creation and to live all of life well.
  • Explore your career options. Vocation is a major focus of the Senior Seminar course, where guest speakers address the variety of career paths that are possible after graduation.
  • Become who you're meant to be.

Our theology grads make a difference (and get jobs)

Whitworth theology majors are equipped with a solid foundation of critical-thinking, reading and writing skills, making them well suited for a variety of career paths. Many of our graduates work in the church, parachurch organizations and the mission field; in K-12 education and counseling; and in the realms of academia, business, government and law.

Our recent graduates are working in a variety of positions and fields, including:

  • Carys Parker, assistant chaplain, Mercy Ships, international
  • Gabe Linquist, youth director, Colbert Presbyterian Church, Colbert, Wash.
  • Katrina Ulnick, Ambassador Program coordinator, International Service Learning (non-governmental organization), Spokane
  • Jonathan Royal, City Life director, Youth For Christ, Spokane
  • Luke Noll, worship director, The Heights Church, Airway Heights, Wash.
  • Michael Bouterse, director, Thrive (multi-church young-adult ministry), Gig Harbor, Wash.

Our recent theology grads further their studies in top graduate programs at institutions including:

  • Duke Divinity School
  • Princeton Theological Seminary
  • Asbury Theological Seminary
  • Wycliffe Hall, Oxford University
  • Whitworth University MBA program
  • Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
  • Carey Theological Seminary
  • Seattle Pacific University

Opportunities outside the classroom

Whitworth offers many activities of special interest to theology majors:

  • Volunteer or work with campus ministry. Opportunities to get involved abound, from leading weekly Hosanna worship nights or AWAKE gatherings to coordinating ministry in the residence halls or leading small groups.
  • Lead or join discussions of theology at Overflow meetings, available to the entire campus. This program provides a forum for students and professors to discuss, debate and wrestle with difficult issues related to theology, faith and society.
  • Influence the lives of children and teenagers in the community through Young Life. Whitworth’s long and unique partnership with Young Life allows you to pursue in-depth training and development in youth ministry as well as service opportunities.
  • Present your research at the Spokane Intercollegiate Research Conference. Theology professors provide mentorship in preparation for this opportunity to share your original research with students from across majors and to develop scholarly community.

Pack your bags!

The theology department leads off-campus programs both near and far. Contemplate the meaning of life in New York City. Examine the origins and influence of the Christian church in Great Britain as you visit major attractions in England and Scotland. Bring Scripture to life on an exploration of early Christian sites in Greece. Or immerse yourself in nature in the spectacular winter setting of Tall Timber Ranch in the North Cascades, where programs are offered on ecology or spirituality.

Tracks

  • Basic
  • Biblical Studies
  • Christian Thought
  • History & Culture

The biblical studies track gives you a deeper knowledge of the Bible and includes a year of Hebrew or Greek language study. The Christian thought track explores how Christians have understood their faith throughout history and what theology teaches about living the Christian faith. The history & culture track delves into Christian perspectives on contemporary issues, and you can choose one of four areas of concentration: women & gender studies, environmental studies, the global Christian movement or theology in the public square. 

Ask our faculty

Ask Jonathan

Associate Professor Jonathan Moo's areas of expertise include biblical studies, environmental studies and biblical languages.

Karin Heller

Ask Karin

Professor Karin Heller's areas of expertise include Christian spirituality and theology and gender.

Karen Petersen Finch

Ask Karen

Associate Professor Karen Petersen Finch specializes in systematic theology.

Jerry Sittser

Ask Jerry

Professor Jerry Sittser specializes in church history.

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