The Department of Theology recognizes a variable scale of undergraduate research, appropriate to different levels of student knowledge and skill, from that of First-Year students engaged in regular coursework to that of students writing senior theses. It seeks to instill in all its students a capacity for wonderment and exploration, in keeping with the basic definition of theology as “faith seeking understanding.”

Theology students have been successful in pursuing their academic interests across the country and the world. There are a variety of resources on campus to assist students in completing their own original research.

If you are interested in developing a Theology-related research project, please contact Sr. Ann Astell at for questions or assistance.

Research Apprenticeships

The Collegiate Committee, at the suggestion of the Majors Advisory Committee, has undertaken to strengthen the Department’s commitment to undergraduate research by initiating a program of mentored undergraduate apprenticeships in research practices. Interested faculty members will compose Calls for apprentices to work with them on specific research projects. Interested students selected by the professors as research apprentices will enroll in Theo 45001-01, graded S/U, for zero or one credit, depending upon the hours (5−8 hrs. for 0 credit, or 12 hrs., for 1 credit) spent in collaborative research with the faculty mentor.  Calls for Research Apprentices are sent out each semester.

How do I find funding for my research?

There are many on-campus organizations that sponsor undergraduate research. Please reach out to them with your proposal: