Bachelor of Arts in Theology

Critical reflection on the human experience

Program Overview Theology (BA)

The challenges of our times—the ecological crisis, genocides, ongoing wars, oppressive poverty, financial instability—have, for many of us, heightened desire for meaning and positive change. Barry University's Bachelor of Arts in Theology helps you explore these issues within a religious and academic framework focused on transformative action and change.

Barry's accomplished faculty will help you grow in your understanding of life's religious dimension as you develop competence in the basics of theological method, thought, and study. 

As a Catholic University in the heritage of St. Dominic, we tap into an 800-year history that emphasizes using what we learn to promote change.

If you are searching for greater understanding and want to promote social justice and peace, we invite you to find out more about Barry's major in theology, life within our diverse community, admissions requirements, and opportunities for financial assistance.

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A bachelor's in theology will enable you to engage in the ongoing search for meaning and truth by acquiring a foundation in Christian thought and practice. Through your encounter with biblical, historical, comparative, systematic, liturgical, moral, and spiritual theology, you will be better able to interpret the historical and contemporary world, examine human experience, and discern God's action and plan for creation.

Barry's Major in Theology is designed to prepare you for:

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    Graduate study in theology or other professional education

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    Teaching in Catholic and other private secondary schools

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    Work in Catholic social service agencies

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    Any career that requires analytical, interpretive thought

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    Graduate study in theology or other professional education

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    Teaching in Catholic and other private secondary schools

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    Work in Catholic social service agencies

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    Any career that requires analytical, interpretive thought

Why get a BA in Theology from Barry?

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    Join the Search for Meaning

    The Department recognizes the critical nature of the human search for meaning in our times and examines this fact within a religious framework, placing Catholic theology in communion with that quest.

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    Prepare for Transformative Action

    Barry University was founded and is sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Adrian, Michigan. The Dominican charisms, study, prayer, community, and preaching, inform the Department's cutting-edge approach to the integration of active learning and study.

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    Study in an Ideal Environment

    Located in Miami Shores, a village twenty minutes from vibrant Miami and Fort Lauderdale, Barry invites exchange of ideas and creative solutions.

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    Receive support from highly qualified faculty

    Barry's eleven fulltime faculty members provide the one-to-one attention and professional expertise that will foster your academic, personal, and ministerial growth.

Experiential Learning Service-Learning

Service-learning is structured into Barry's Theology 201: "Faith, Beliefs and Traditions." If you enroll in a service-learning section, you will have the opportunity to work 10 hours at a local community service organization or program based on your individual talents, experiences, and academic major. 

Your hands-on experience at the site will be integrated with theological concepts presented in the course through your final paper. Throughout this process, you will be guided by your instructor and the Director of the Service-Learning Program.

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Placement sites in the Service Learning Program include:

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    Shake-A-Leg Miami

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    Oleta River State Park

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    Miami Rescue Mission

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    Hands On Miami

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    Villa Maria Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

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    North Miami Foundation for the Elderly

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    Arts Alliance Children's After-School Program

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    Shake-A-Leg Miami

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    Oleta River State Park

  • Experiential Learning

    Miami Rescue Mission

  • Experiential Learning

    Hands On Miami

  • Experiential Learning

    Villa Maria Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

  • Experiential Learning

    North Miami Foundation for the Elderly

  • Experiential Learning

    Arts Alliance Children's After-School Program

Honor Society Theta Alpha Kappa

Theta Alpha Kappa is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS). Theta Alpha Kappa was admitted to ACHS in 1985. A national honor society in theology, Theta Alpha Kappa promotes excellence and scholarship in the fields of religious studies and religious education. It is open to persons of all faiths.

Members are encouraged to provide scholarly lectures and contribute articles for national publication.

Gloria L. Schaab, SSJ, PhD serves as faculty advisor for Barry's chapter of Theta Alpha Kappa. Barry's chapter of Theta Alpha Kappa, along with Phi Sigma Tau, regularly presents debates on current issues.

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Admissions Overview Getting Started

In the time it takes to watch a movie, you can apply to attend Barry University. From application to graduation, we support you every step of the way. Apply anytime, anywhere. We accept submissions on a rolling basis, but the sooner you apply, the better. Some majors require extra information for acceptance into specific programs. See what you need to apply, since general admission doesn't guarantee acceptance into all majors.

As part of Barry's diverse, close-knit community of 3,000 undergraduates, you’ll grow and build lifelong relationships. With a 15:1 student to faculty ratio, you'll thrive thanks to individualized instruction and professors who are experts in their fields. The best part? You’ll leave college with the skills you need to succeed and little debt; we work to make school affordable through merit-based scholarships and financial aid.

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Start your application today. In just a few years, you'll graduate with a degree from a highly-respected, affordable university.

Admissions Overview Are you a Transfer or an International Student?

You can apply to Barry whenever it’s convenient for you. We accept applications on a rolling basis, but it’s always better to apply sooner than later. You’re considered a transfer applicant when you have at least 12 college level credits from a regionally accredited college or university. Remember, you may have to apply separately to specific programs, so please review the academic requirements for your intended major.
If you are an international student, applying as early as possible is in your best interest in order to allow ample time for immigration processing. Please note that general admission to Barry University does not guarantee acceptance into all academic majors. Also, please be aware that admission to Barry University does not guarantee that you will be granted a student visa by the United States Embassy or Consulate in your country of origin.

Financial Aid Affordable for you.

If you’re a full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate, you may qualify for our merit-based scholarships with awards up to $17,000, based on your cumulative GPA and standardized test scores. Scholarships are available for freshmen (including test optional), transfers, international, DACA, and Dreamer applicants. Using your admissions application, we automatically determine your eligibility.

More than 90% of our students receives some form of financial assistance. Apply to see if you qualify for a full array of federal and state financial aid programs. Just submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Complete it as soon as possible since funds may be limited. Barry's federal school code is 001466. Curious about qualifying? Take a look at our Net Price Calculator.

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