Theology is the study of God - who God is, how God is active and present in the world, and what that means for who we are as creatures made in God's image. At the University of Dubuque, your studies will take you into the worlds of the Bible, Christian theology and ethics, the arts of Christian leadership, and the practices of a living faith. You will leave ready to build a career in lay church leadership, Christian education, youth ministry, worship ministry, missions, or in the nonprofit sector. The Theology program also prepares you for advanced theological study in a seminary or divinity school and other graduate school programs.

Making a Difference Through the Study of Theology
Students and faculty in the Department of Theology are active in the church, academy, and community. Their work contributes to the church's wisdom and witness. They produce cutting edge Biblical scholarship, author theological reflection on contemporary issues, participate in interfaith conversations, and collaborate with local faith communities seeking to awaken to God's presence and activity in their place.

Degree Distinctive

Students must participate in an internship with a church or agency. They can work with their advisor to shape their program to focus on youth ministry, worship leadership, or another area of Christian service and leadership.

Career Opportunities

The Theology major prepares students for advanced theological study in a seminary or divinity school as well as for careers in ministry and the nonprofit sector. Graduates may serve in traditional and non-traditional ministries, lay church leadership, youth ministry, worship ministry, missions (both urban and global), and in other nonprofit organizations. Combined with a second major in another field, Theology prepares students for Christian leadership in business, arts, education, and a variety of fields.


Theology Faculty/Staff

Emily Blue

Emily BlueDirector of Lay and Seminary Continuing Education; Pastor to Seminary Students.

Phone: 563.589.3630 Department: Theology Office: 205 Van Vliet Hall


MDiv, University of Dubuque Theological Seminary; BA, Utah State University.

Mary Emily Duba

Mary Emily DubaAssociate Professor of Theology; Theology Department Chair

Phone: 563.589.3102 Department: Theology Office: 206 Van Vliet Hall


PhD, University of Chicago Divinity School; MDiv, Yale Divinity School; BA, Seattle University.

Christopher James

Christopher JamesProfessor of Evangelism and Missional Christianity; Director of the MAMD Program

Phone: 563.589.3859 Department: Theology Office: 210 Van Vliet Hall


PhD, Boston University School of Theology; MDiv, Fuller Theological Seminary; BA, Wheaton College.

Beth McCaw

Beth McCawDean of the Seminary and Vice President of the University

Phone: 563.589.3390 Department: Theology Office: 326C Van Vliet Hall


DMin, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; MDiv, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; AB, Hope College.

Matthew Schlimm

Matthew SchlimmProfessor of Old Testament

Phone: 563.589.3101 Department: Theology Office: 316 Van Vliet Hall


PhD, Duke University; MDiv, Duke University; BA, Asbury College.