Careers and the Theology Major
THEO Majors graduate with practiced ability in communication, problem-solving, and research
What Can You Do With a Degree in Theology?
Did you know? Many of our majors plan to become doctors, lawyers, or investment bankers. They take advantage of their time at Notre Dame to study in its world-class Theology Department. After graduation they continue on to medical school, law school, or business school just like their peers in the undergraduate colleges of science or business.
According to our 2013 exit survey of all graduating seniors in the Major, their future plans include:
• Full time employment—29.2%
(Teaching, church/diocese work and positions in the medical field were most common)
• Graduate or professional school—36%
(Many in Theology, Education or Medicine)
•Working in a service program—29.2%
• Joining religious orders—4.2%
Lives of Service
As he tried to convince the apostles to dedicate their lives to the Gospel, Jesus offered himself as an example, exclaiming, “The Son of man himself came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 11:45).
Indeed many theology majors find inspiration through their study to perform remarkable works of service after graduation, whether as teachers through ACE, catechists or youth ministers through ECHO, or through Catholic and other organizations such as Holy Cross Associates, L'Arche, the Peace Corps, and Teach for America.
Yet our majors also take the transformational experience of a theology degree into the professional sector. Many of our majors go on to study law, business, medicine or journalism and thereafter develop successful careers. Indeed the Catholic tradition emphasizes that the Gospel should be lived out in every aspect of life and accordingly theology majors at Notre Dame are encouraged to pursue such careers. And they have done so with great success. The average starting salary of reporting theology majors who graduated in 2010 was $46,875.
Others, however, discover a love for the study of religion, culture, and politics during their time at Notre Dame. Many majors pursue graduate education in theology and become high school teachers of religion or theology or university professors of theology (indeed several have become professors of theology at Notre Dame). Still other majors find their experience a perfect way to contemplate the religious life and a number of majors have gone on to join religious orders or become ordained priests.
With a Notre Dame degree, our majors have an unlimited choice of careers before them at graduation. Moreover, with an experience in “faith seeking understanding,” our majors bring spiritual and intellectual illumination into any career they choose.
Sample Alumni Careers:
- Medical School, Emory University
- Technical Services Engineer, Epic Systems
- Analyst, Charles Rivers Associates
- Teacher/Graduate Student, Notre Dame’s ACE Program
- Seminarian, Jesuit Province of New Orleans
- Revenue Management Analyst, United Airlines
- Law School, University of Utah
- High School Theology Instructor, Baltimore, Maryland
- Ph.D. student in Chemistry, Cornell University
- Writer for MLB.com covering the Pittsburgh Pirates