Theology Department

The Theology major at Bellarmine University probes the ultimate questions of our existence: What is the meaning and purpose of life? What are our obligations to God and to each other? Theology majors will explore these issues through the study of theology, comparative religions, spirituality, morality, and social justice. Students will develop their communication and critical thinking skills. A Theology major provides the student with a sound liberal arts background.

Rich Setting for Theological Study

Louisville is the seat of the Catholic Archdiocese of Louisville and the national center for the Presbyterian Church USA. The Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary are close to the Bellarmine campus, and St. Meinrad School of Theology and Benedictine Abbey is in the region. The Catholic Cathedral of the Assumption houses the Cathedral Heritage Foundation which sponsors the annual Festival of Faiths, a nationally recognized celebration of religious diversity and theological thought. The Bellarmine Theology Department sponsors an annual lecture or event aimed at bringing recognized scholars to the area. There are ample opportunities for ecumenical and interfaith dialogue and for theological and spiritual growth in the area.

Bellarmine University houses the International Thomas Merton Center, which maintains the complete collection of the writings and work of and about Thomas Merton and makes it available to visiting scholars. The Abbey at Gethsemani, where Merton lived and worked, is a short distance from Louisville. The Theology Department offers immersion learning experiences through theology courses periodically held at the Abbey.

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Careers in Theology


Elizabeth Hinson-Hasty, Ph.D, Chair (email) (Full Profile)
Hoon Choi, Ph.D, (email) (Full Profile)
Joseph Flipper (email) (Full Profile)
Gregory K. Hillis, Ph.D (email) (Full Profile)
Justin Klassen, Ph.D (email) (Full Profile)
Deborah Prince, Ph.D (email) (Full Profile)
J. Milburn Thompson, Ph.D (email
Clyde Crews, Ph.D, University Historian and Archival Coordinator
George A. Kilcourse, Ph.D (email)

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Contact Us

Theology Department
Bellarmine University
2001 Newburg Road
Louisville, KY 40205