Theology at Boston College

Boston College is a world-class center of theological study, comprising both the School of Theology and Ministry (STM) and the Theology Department in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences. This page highlights the opportunities available to STM students through the Theology Department.

Meet the Nation's Largest Theological Faculty

Students at STM have access to courses and faculty in the Theology Department, enhancing the breadth and depth of theological study at BC. Combined, the two entities are home to 70 full-time faculty members—the largest theological faculty in the United States. Below are select faculty members from the Theology Department.

Lisa Sowle Cahill
Lisa Sowle Cahill
J. Donald Monan Professor
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Lisa Sowle Cahill

Lisa Sowle Cahill

J. Donald Monan Professor

Christian Ethics: Contemporary Figures
Ethics and Christology
Christian Perspectives on Bioethics
Bioethics and Social Justice
Feminist Theology and Ethics

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David Hunter
David Hunter
Flatley Chair of Catholic Theology
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David Hunter

David Hunter

Flatley Chair of Catholic Theology

Hunter's research interests lie in the field of Patristic studies, with special emphasis on the writings of Augustine, Ambrosiaster, Jerome, Ambrose and other Latin writers.  He has written extensively on issues pertaining to marriage, celibacy, and asceticism in ancient Christianity.  Current work includes a monograph on the origins of priestly celibacy and translations of the Pauline commentaries of the Ambrosiaster.

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Kristin E. Heyer
Kristin E. Heyer
Professor
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Kristin E. Heyer

Kristin E. Heyer

Professor

Modern Catholic Social Teaching

Moral Agency (graduate seminar)

Migration and Christian Ethics (graduate seminar)

Theology, Ethics and Race (graduate seminar)

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Brian Robinette
Brian Robinette
Associate Professor
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Brian Robinette

Brian Robinette

Associate Professor

Theology in a Secular Age
Theology and Science
Spiritual Exercises: Engagement, Empathy, Ethics
Thomas Merton: Monk, Mystic, Prophet

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Shared Resources & Expertise

Mentorship

The Boston College Theology Department is home to a premier Ph.D. program in theology. STM students are able to take doctoral seminars as part of their master’s coursework, enabling them to experience doctoral study and to build relationships with faculty members they may wish to work with in the future. 

Theology Department faculty are also available to serve as informal advisors to STM students and to serve on students’ theses and/or comprehensive exam committees.

Research Development

Faculty within both STM and the Theology Department are eager to support student research at both the master’s and doctoral levels. Every year, we bring both entities together formally through an annual colloquium featuring doctoral research from the Theology Ph.D. program and STM’s Ph.D. in theology and education. 

Theology Ph.D. students and STM students in the Doctorate in Sacred Theology program also gather regularly with faculty for research colloquia within discipline areas.

Events

In addition to public lectures hosted by STM each year, the Theology Department sponsors lectures featuring scholars both internal and external to Boston College. Signature events include:

  • Annual Brien O'Brien and Mary Hasten Lecture in Interreligious Dialogue, given in 2023 by Robert Ellsberg on “Without Gandhi I
    Would Not be Christian”
  • Annual Candlemas lecture, given in 2024 by James Alison on “Catholicity, Sacrifice, and Shame: Subverting Polarization in our Contemporary Ecclesial and Political Cultures.”

Theology Department Events