Religion begins with a desire to understand the purpose of existence; theology begins with a desire to understand how certain reasons for existence are true. Expand your worldviews and reflect on the complexities of religious practice and spiritual experience in the modern world.
Religious Studies and Theology offer you opportunities to examine diverse religious experiences across history and culture as well as study the Catholic theological tradition through coursework in liturgy, biblical studies, moral theology, pastoral theology, and doctrine. Learning opportunities include community-based and service learning, independent research, internships, and study abroad in Italy or Kenya.
Fides et Ratio Scholarship
The Fides et Ratio Scholarship aids students pursuing either a minor in Catholic Studies or a minor or major in religious studies and theology. The goal of this scholarship is to equip Loras College students with the intellectual background to practice their faith as strong parish leaders following graduation.
The Breitbach Catholic Thinkers & Leaders Scholarship Program
This scholarship, made possible by a generous $15-million donation from Paul (’60) and Frances Breitbach, is a unique and vibrant four-year experience. Its goal is to challenge and engage the whole student, helping you to develop academically, spiritually, personally and socially while learning what it means to be a Catholic thinker and leader in today’s modern world.
Explore Internships & Careers
Internship opportunities offer real-world experiences.
- Archdiocese of Dubuque Pastoral Center
- St. Anthony Parish, Dubuque
- St. Joseph the Worker Parish, Dubuque
- Stonehill Communities, Dubuque
- Wahlert Catholic High School
You will be prepared for a variety of interesting careers.
- Campus Minister
- Director of Religious Education
- Middle or High School Religion Teacher
- Occupational Therapist
- Publishing Assistant
- Youth Minister
Jesus & the Gospels
A critical study of the content of the Four Gospels of the New Testament, as well as their literary, historical, social, and theological contexts. We will compare and contrast their portraits of Jesus, their messages for ancient Christians, and their relevance for modern readers.
Worship: Foretaste of Heaven
How do Christians pray? How does their prayer draw them into an experience of the reign of God? And how are those on earth, unified with those in heaven, transformed in their identity as children of God? In this course students will explore Christian liturgical prayer. They will investigate what Jesus Christ taught about the reign of God. And they will analyze the ways that these fit together to shape the life and faith of the Christian community.
Community of Hope
Students will examine cultural expressions of the human condition with particular attention to individual and social experiences of brokenness, injustice, and enslavement. Students will also examine multiple understandings of the church in light of its mission to respond to these experiences in healing, just, and liberative ways. In so doing, students will be prepared to think theologically about how the church can remain true to its message of salvation while responding meaningfully to the needs of the contemporary world.
Dubuque Archdiocesan Partnership
Since its founding in 1839, Loras College has served the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Dubuque in a variety of ways. The religious studies and theology faculty have formed several generations of religious leaders.
Clubs & Orgs
We have a variety of opportunities for you to get involved from the moment you set foot on campus.
Archbishop Kucera Center
Breitbach Catholic Thinkers and Leaders
Peace and Justice Club
Duhawks for Life
Knights of Columbus
Children of Abraham
Spiritual Life CORE Team
Meet Your Professors
Jacob Kohlhaas PhD
Associate Professor of Moral Theology
Director of Honors Program
Christoffer Lammer-Heindel PhD
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Andrew Massena PhD
Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies
Director of Archbishop Kucera Center
Amanda Osheim PhD
Professor of Practical Theology
Endowed Professorship, Catholic Thinkers and Leaders Program
David Pitt PhD
Associate Professor of Theology
Loras College student Sadie Bhattarai (’25) is cultivating real-world skills this semester as an intern at the Dubuque YMCA… More
In the summer of 2020, as a high school senior, Graceann Beckett (’24) received a graduation gift that would set… More
Find a more transparent, cost-effective, and coordinated transfer process thanks to a three-year grant More