The theology that guides the programs of this department is a reasoned response to God’s self-disclosure in Jesus Christ. This theology is a careful articulation of the mystery, grace, and hope of that story, which takes place among the people of Jesus— the Church. The theology major serves students who wish to give themselves to this particular way of truth and life. It aids in preparing the student for graduate work in related disciplines and for Christian service in the Church and the world.
The theology major is offered as an avenue of sustained and thoughtful devotion to the God of the Gospel. At the same time, it provides students with the discipline and practices that are requisite for graduate study or other service in the Church and the world. APU theology alumni have pursued graduate studies at Duke, Fuller, Oxford, Princeton, Vanderbilt, Yale, and other institutions in fields such as education, sociology, law, theology, church history, biblical studies, philosophy, and international relations. Alumni have also served as pastors, chaplains, teachers, social workers, community organizers, nonprofit program administrators, relief workers, and in parachurch ministries.