Theology and Arts (BATh)

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Theology and Arts (BATh)

Our Foundation in Business, Management and Study Skills is designed to provide students with broader knowledge of effective management skills. It will prepare international students with the English language and study skills to progress to year one of the following degrees at Saint Patrick’s Pontifical University, Maynooth, with the business and management modules critical in the application of any technical degree in today’s global world.

Programme Overview

Jointly awarded by St Patrick’s Pontifical University & Maynooth University. This is a three year degree, leading to a Double Major (equal study of two subjects) award. This programme is designed for those who wish to combine the study of Theology with the study of Arts. Students take Theology in the Faculty of Theology in St Patrick’s Pontifical University: for the Arts component you follow the regular BA courses of the Faculties at Maynooth University.

Course Aims

This course aims to provide students with a solid intellectual formation in Theology. The scope of the course is wide, covering the range of the main theological subjects, so that students are introduced both to the breadth of the Christian tradition and to the variety of questions raised for Theology at the present time. Students of the course should develop a well-informed understanding and a deep personal appropriation of the Christian faith and other world religions and beliefs. Arts These subjects offer students the opportunity both to broaden and deepen their knowledge of subjects they have already studied and to embark on new subjects of study. The variety of disciplines available is part of the richness of the Arts, but what all the subjects have in common is that each, in its own way, requires students to consider and reassess the values by which society operates in the modern world. The Theology and Arts student therefore is someone with an enquiring and broad-ranging mind who will be well equipped to take his or her place in professional, social and community life.

Arts Subject choices

Group 1 Geography, German (beginner or intermediate), Law, Mathematics (Pure), Philosophy
Group 2 Business (International, Management or Marketing), Criminology, History, Music
Group 3 English, International Development, Mathematical Studies
Group 4 Anthropology, Economics, Finance, Music Technology, Nua Ghaeilge
Group 5 Computer Science, Music, Sociology, Spanish (beginner or intermediate)

“One of the main tasks of theology is to find words that do not divide but unite, that do not create conflict but unity, that do not hurt but heal.” – Henri Nouwen

Why do this Programme?

Theology may not traditionally be at the top of a lot of people’s lists when considering what to study at university. After all, not too many people grow up thinking they want to be theologians! But studying theology at St Patrick’s Pontifical University just might be a good choice for you.

Theology alongside another Arts subject will certainly do that. You will develop skills such as critical thinking, good communication and the ability to explain and debate issues, clarity of thought and working with complexity. You will not only learn valuable skills, but also explore what is beautiful and what is good.

During your time with us, you will acquire transferable skills that will stand to you regardless of your career choice, skills such as:

  • Confidence in written communication and verbal expression
  • Greater understanding of other viewpoints
  • Exploration of ethical questions from various perspectives
  • Awareness of how history has influenced today’s world
  • Critical thinking and philosophical inquiry
  • Understanding of how religious views have often shaped society
  • Engagement with the big questions of life

What kind of student enjoys theology?

You do not have to consider yourself religious, but you would need to be open to the bigger questions in life, to thinking about God and meaning and good and evil. Someone who ends up choosing theology will want to make a positive difference, to help others, and to make the world a better and a kinder place. If you are interested in history, in people and society, in what it means to be human, in literature, in culture, in the world as our common home, then theology could be a good fit for you.

The BATh is a joint Arts Degree with Maynooth University. Students take theology alongside a range of arts subjects. Most of our students are not setting out to become professional theologians. They could be studying German, Business, Sociology, Music, English, Anthropology, Law, Criminology, Geography, or History alongside Theology. Those combinations open up all kinds of possibilities to grow as a person while being equipped to make a positive difference in the lives of others through a variety of career paths.

Career Prospects

Graduates are well-placed to pursue successful careers in Communications /Publishing/ Journalism/ Finance/ Public Relations/ Social Services/ School Chaplaincy Public/Private Sectors/ Administration/ The Civil Service/ Community Development/ Religious Education/ Research Administration/ Third Level Chaplaincy/ Healthcare Chaplaincy/ Parish Administration/ Teaching /Marketing/ Business/ Pastoral Work.