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Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Theology and Religious Studies

Why be a TRS Major?

Curriculum/Program Requirements

What Our Graduates are Doing


Why be a TRS Major

CUA students choose the TRS major because they love to wrestle with ultimate questions and learn about how religious traditions inform the answers. For many, their studies are promoted by and in turn nourish their faith lives.

Students are given a broad foundation in theology and religious studies through coursework and comprehensive exams. They are also provided an opportunity for intensive research in an area of their interest through their senior capstone seminar with its research paper.


Curriculum/Program Requirements

All TRS majors are required to take 12 TRS courses (36 credit hours). The TRS major requirements are the following:

  • 201 Faith seeking understanding
  • 465: Christian Doctrine I
  • 466: Christian Doctrine II
  • 485: Intro to Religious Studies
  • 7 electives including:
    • 1 scripture - any level
    • 1 Moral - any level
    • 1 Liturgy/Sacrament - any level
    • 497: Senior Capstone Seminar
  • Comprehensive Exams (no credit)

In addition, the following course is highly recommended

  • 491: Theology of World Religions

What Our Graduates are Doing

Graduates of the B.A. program in Theology and Religious Studies have had outstanding success in finding desired jobs upon graduation, in a variety of theology-related and some non-theology related fields.  Click here to learn more!

Student Profile


I was looking for a holistic College experience. I wanted a stellar theology program, a good music school, and an intellectual liberal arts education. I choose CUA because it has all of that and more. The campus ministry program, with its many service and formation organizations and programs, also attracted me. And of course the exciting location of the nation’s capital, and the plethora of religious opportunities, like the USCCB, religious orders, and shrines are incomparable to any other school in the nation.

- Jacqueline Sardina