St. Bonaventure University

Theology and Franciscan Studies


The academic study of theology aims to investigate the nature of God and interpret various dimensions of human religious experience. Theology studies what people believe about God and the fundamental nature of reality and why they hold those beliefs.

Theology examines what people do in religious groups and institutions to express their beliefs, and what motivates people to adopt a religious outlook on life. Theology studies the past with a view to understanding its influence on the present and the future.

Franciscan Studies focuses on figures and movements connected to the religious way of life initiated by Francis (d. 1226) and Clare of Assisi (d. 1253).


Why choose theology and Franciscan studies?


Students who take courses in Theology and Franciscan Studies can expect to learn more about the beliefs, values, and practices of religious people around the world, with special attention to the Christian tradition. Some courses focus on a particular theological theme or issue that has been debated by scholars over the centuries, while others explore the role of religion in contemporary society or examine the relation between religion and other realms of thought (science, philosophy, art, etc.).

In the midst of this diversity, one concern remains paramount: to equip students with intellectual concepts and methods to enable them to think carefully and systematically about the ultimate questions of life in the company of others who have explored these questions before them.

For more information about the Theology and Franciscan Studies program at St. Bonaventure, email the department chair, Fr. Kyle Haden, O.F.M.



Program information


The Department of Theology and Franciscan Studies offers a B.A. in theology and a minor in theology.


Bachelor of Arts in theology

The student majoring in theology studies what people believe about God and the fundamental nature of reality and why they hold those beliefs, what people do in religious groups and institutions to express their beliefs, and what motivates people to adopt a religious outlook on life. The major equips students with intellectual concepts and methods to enable them to think carefully and systematically about the ultimate questions of life in the company of others who have explored these questions before them.

Degree requirements for the theology major

  • Theology minor

    For non-majors, the theology minor provides a solid grounding in the fundamentals of theology to aid in the understanding of their major fields.

    Requirements for the theology minor


    News, Publications & Research
      Feb 16, 2022 | Fr. David B. Couturier, O.F.M. Cap., associate professor of theology and executive director of the Franciscan Institute, joined Cardinal Alvaro Ramazzini of Guatemala and Sr. Tracy Horan, advocacy director at the Kino Border in Arizona, for a panel discussion on "Justice at the Margins" Conference in Washington on Jan. 31, 2022.

      Nov 17, 2021 | Dr. Oleg Bychkov, professor of theology and Franciscan studies, co-translated and co-edited with Lydia Schumacher from King’s College, London, "A Reader in Early Franciscan Theology: The Summa Halensis," published by Fordham University Press.

      Nov 05, 2021 | A book on the inscriptional program of the Taj Mahal by Fr. Michael Calabria, O.F.M., Ph.D., associate professor and director of the Center for Arab and Islamic Studies at St. Bonaventure, has been published by I.B. Tauris.