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Why Theology at St. Ambrose?

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Associate Professor Micah Kiel, PhD, with students in Corinth, Greece

Theology informs almost every aspect of our lives. From deliberations about war and peace to the decisions handed down by the Supreme Court, people's embedded beliefs about God and the world infuse everything they do.

In the Theology Department at SAU, we believe that, as Socrates said, the unexamined life is not worth living. We scrutinize our beliefs, how we come to hold them, and how they interface with a rapidly changing world.

We do this from within the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, not out of fear or skepticism, but out of love for God and neighbor.

Scholars at St. Ambrose

Father Bud Grant, PhD

In April 2014, Fr. Bud was inducted into the Biblioteca Ambrosiana in Milan. Mons. Cesare Pasini presented a medal signifying Fr. Grant's entrance into this prestigious academy. This honor represents Fr. Grant's contributions to the study of Saint Ambrose of Milan, especially through his creation of the Academy for the Study of Saint Ambrose of Milan and his translation of Mons. Pasini's biography of Saint Ambrose.

Bible and Justice Conference

The first of its kind at St. Ambrose, scholars, clergy, students and advocates of justice from around the world gathered at this conference to explore areas pertaining to the Bible and justice: empire, gender, poverty and the environment.

Speakers included: Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza of Harvard University, a pioneer in feminist biblical interpretation (keynote speaker); Richard Horsley of the University of Massachusetts, Boston, a distinguished professor of liberal arts and the study of religion; Elsa Tamez of Latin American Biblical University, Costa Rica, a Mexican biblical scholar and pioneer of Liberation Theology; and David Horrell of the University of Exeter, United Kingdom, a professor of New Testament Studies.

ambrose students in athensStudy Abroad

Anyone who studies abroad comes back and raves about it: how it changed their life, their outlook on the world, and even what they want to do with their life after college.

When you major in Theology, you can take classwork overseas that's specific to your program. Learn more