Department of Theology

Program Overview

The Theology program provides an opportunity to explore religious commitment, ethical inquiry, and the relationships between faith and reason, and religion and culture. It also offers an integrative perspective that allows students to unite methods and disciplines of critical inquiry with fundamental questions of value, meaning, and identity. 


At many institutions, the academic study of religion and the life and work of faith seeking understanding are seen as being at odds or at least in tension with one another, but WU’s program in Theology integrates these in a deeply and genuinely Catholic mode of inquiry. Faculty and student profiles demonstrate this dual commitment to academic rigor and the life of faith and service. The program offers a distinctive experience of community among majors and minors through close engagement with faculty, social gatherings, a team-taught seminar, and common participation in service and ministry. 
RST 106: Religious Quest
RST 226: Intro to Hebrew Bible
RST 241: Catholic Social Thought
RST 253: Religious Traditions of Native North America
RST 338: Heaven & Hell

Secondary education
College/University professor
Professional Ministry and Chaplaincy
Social Work

The Rabbi Leonard Helman prize is awarded annually to the graduate(s) who best exemplify academic achievement and service to the Wheeling community and the church.
The Pastoral Studies program offers students an interdisciplinary minor in which students are encouraged to think critically about the practical application of theology, religious studies, philosophy, psychology, communication, management, criminal justice, and history through the lens of the inter-related Ignatian emphases on cura personalis, care for the whole person, and service and justice. The program culminates in the pastoral practicum designed to give the students direct experience in pastoral work and to provide opportunities for critical reflection on their work. These internships take place at churches, schools, faith-based service organizations, human service agencies, and social justice organizations, and are tailored to the students’ own interests and professional goals.