Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Culture
Are you looking for a degree that supports your intellectual, moral and spiritual formation?
Inspired by St. Mark’s College’s commitment to authentic Christian humanism, the Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Culture is a four-year liberal arts program that explores the nature of the good life. The BA in Theology and Culture aspires to form engaged citizens and disciples committed to the integration of faith and reason; to encounter and dialogue; and to the development of an ‘integral ecology’ that connects love of God, neighbour, and creation.
This program supports the formation of the whole person: intellectual, moral, and spiritual. In this holistic program, students develop their individual potential and discern their distinctive gifts and talents in service to the common good. The focus on the integration of knowledge and practice finds unique expression in the opportunities for service, personalized advising, the BA Seminar, and the BA Capstone.
Through a study of the liberal arts including theology, English, and history, students will investigate classical and contemporary texts and perspectives with an eye to cultivating a range of multidisciplinary tools and skills essential for interpreting and responding to the ‘signs of the times’ (GS, #4). Students in the BA in Theology and Culture are prepared for future careers in a number of fields, including social and community services, ministry, and education (elementary, secondary, Catholic, public).
The BA in Theology and Culture is well-suited for aspiring educators who want to teach in Catholic, faith-based, or public schools. It is recognized by UBC’s Faculty of Education, which means graduates are eligible to apply to the teacher preparation (BEd) program at UBC. Learn more
Students who intend to pursue graduate studies in theology at the Vancouver School of Theology (VST) can take advantage of an innovative pathway made possible through a partnership between St. Mark’s College and VST. Learn more
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Key features of the BA in Theology and Culture
Liberal Arts Focus
A liberal arts education cultivates the essential skills of critical and creative thinking, as well as an ability to communicate. These skills will benefit all students. This program fosters exchanges between the Catholic intellectual tradition, the humanities and the social sciences.
Students in the BA benefit from smaller class sizes, from a dedicated team of professors and advisors working across the liberal arts, and from a strong cohort identity that allows them to learn with and from one another.
Service Learning Opportunities
Students in the BA program have a number of service learning opportunities. In second and third year, students may choose to do a non-credit placement in a Catholic social service institution, or Catholic school.
Volunteer service is also encouraged throughout the years of the degree, whether service to the College community, or through charitable organizations such as the Door is Open, L’Arche, or other non-profit organizations.
BA Seminar in Theology and Culture
The BA Seminar in Theology and Culture invites students to reflect personally and collectively on a range of contemporary issues, exploring these topics in dialogue with the Christian tradition.
In their final year students will complete the BA Capstone, an experiential learning project. The capstone provides opportunities for students to explore their interests in areas such as teaching, ministry, social services, non-profit organizations, and more. Students who hope to become teachers will have the opportunity to do a pre-practicum in a Catholic school.
The Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Culture provides a liberal arts education cultivating the essential skills of critical and creative thinking, as well as an ability to communicate. This program fosters exchanges between the Catholic intellectual tradition, the humanities and the social sciences.
For the first two years of the program, students are cross-enrolled at Corpus Christi College where they can choose from a wide array of courses. In third and fourth year, students take courses exclusively with their BA cohort. Throughout the degree students engage in a range of experiential learning activities within the school and greater community.
The BA in Theology and Culture is recognized by UBC’s Faculty of Education, which means graduates are eligible to apply to the teacher preparation (BEd) program at UBC. Prospective students are responsible for determining that the BA program and degree will be appropriate to their future needs. For example, students must determine whether the courses and degree will be recognized for admission to another institution or accepted by an employer. Once admitted to St. Mark’s College, students are encouraged to meet regularly with their Academic Advisor throughout their studies to have ongoing discussions about course planning, academic requirements, and general guidance about to their academic and professional goals.