Skip to main content

Secondary navigation:

College of Arts and Sciences

Theology Department

boston college

The Theology Department provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary for reasoned reflection on their own values, faith, and tradition, as well as on the religious forces that shape our society and world. The department’s five primary areas of research include biblical studies, historical theology/history of christianity, comparative theology, systematic theology, and theological ethics.


Hollenbach Named to Maguire Chair
Congratulations to David Hollenbach, S.J., Professor of Theological Ethics and Director of the Center for Human Right and International Justice. Hollenbach was named to the Cary and Ann Maguire Chair in Ethics and American History at the Library of Congress John W. Kluge Center. Library of Congress news release

Service-Based Learning Changes Lives
Professor of the PULSE service learning program at Boston College, Kathleen Hirsch, writes of the transformative power of such programs in an article entitled "What is the point of service, really?" Crux articlePULSE website

Religious Freedom Restoration Act
Cathleen Kaveny
, Libby Professor of Law and Theology provides comment on the issue of freedom of religion and Indiana's new law for Bloomberg News.


Summer History Course in Rome
June 22-July 20
This summer the Boston College Theology Department is offering a course entitled "Eternal Rome: Catholicism and Culture in Rome." In addition to visiting religious and cultural sites, students will also join Pope Francis at a papal audience and enjoy excursions to Florence, Siena, and Assisi. Email professors Boyd Taylor Coolman ( or Fr. Liam Bergin ( with questions. Course and registration details

Evelyn Underhill Lecture
Saturday, July 11, 10 a.m.
Robsham Theater
Boston College School of Theology and Ministry and the Institute of Carmelite Studies welcome Most Reverend Dr. Rowan Williams for this annual lecture in Christian spirituality. The lecture is entitled, "What the Outsider Sees: Teresa of Avila and Marilynne Robinson on Knowing God." Event details and registration


A discussion on the Pope's recent encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si, featuring two of our Ph.D.s — Kevin Ahern and Meghan Clark.

Richard Gaillardetz

One year of the Francis Papacy
Prof. Richard Gaillardetz discusses the events of the past year as well as what lies ahead for Pope Francis. Reuters | Buenos Aires Herald. Video at Fox News Boston.

David Hollenbach, S.J.

Religious Liberty
David Hollenbach, S.J.
, is one of the featured experts in this video by the Catholic News Service detailing the history of religious liberty and Catholicism. Video

Please note:  To view Adobe Acrobat® (PDF) formatted files you will need the free Adobe Acrobat file reader.