Christian Theology Major


With our distinctive understanding of theological education, which we call “Academy, Abbey, and Apostolate®,” a degree in theology from SPU will help you learn to understand your faith so that, in partnership with the Holy Spirit, you might translate it into a way of life that engages the culture and changes the world.

About the Christian Theology Major

The Christian Theology major includes a set of core courses reflecting the range of theological studies, as well as substantial focus coursework that enables students to go deeper in areas of particular interest. Students in this major will also complete a three-credit internship or thesis and a two-credit Capstone course. This degree offers a transformative encounter with Scripture and the Christian tradition, preparing students to deepen their own Christian faith, nurture Christian faith in others, and serve as agents of reconciliation in diverse settings.

To apply to the Christian Theology major or one of our minors, please follow these instructions.


The Christian Theology major is intended to nurture the skills and capacities required of a thoughtful and articulate faith. As a result of majoring in Christian Theology, you will be well prepared either for the workplace or for graduate study in theology, the humanities, or the professions. Besides enriching your life with God, this major also seeks to enhance your service to the church.

Career Opportunities

After graduation, you'll be equipped to serve in roles inside and outside the church.

Church opportunities

Pastoral ministry
Staff ministry
Nonprofit sector

Other opportunities

Graduate school
Editorial work

Courses and Degree Requirements

As a Christian Theology major, you will be required to take 60 credits, including at least 30 upper-division credits. Review all the Christian Theology major courses and requirements.

Please note: If you were admitted to the Christian Theology major before Summer 2018, you are responsible for the major requirements listed for your concentration (Christian Mission, Christian Scripture, Educational Ministry, or Theological Studies) in the Catalog that was in effect when you were admitted.

Earn a BA in Christian Theology and an MA in Christian Ministry in Only 5 Years

Because a number of the courses offered count for both degree programs, you will be able to complete this combined degree in an accelerated timeline, graduating with both degrees within five years instead of six. 

Learn more about the Christian Theology (BA) to Christian Leadership (MA) program at Seattle Pacific.

Undergraduate students in the School of Theology have worked in churches, parachurch organizations, ministries, and nonprofit organizations.
To find information about possible theology-related internships and employment opportunities, you have many resources available, including:

  • SPU’s internship and job-posting system, Handshake, is updated weekly with ministry, church, and service positions. Students and employers regularly make use of this site.
  • SPU’s Center for Career and Calling (CCC) provides employment and internship resources for students and employers. Contact CCC at 206-281-2485 or