so, everyone is telling me to pick a college. I want to go to college, but I didn't want to have to settle for my local community college (beyond 2 years of my core classes) because I can't make up my mind. I also have had a problem with picking because no one offers the major I'd like. I love to read about Orthodox Christianity, and would LOVE to major in theology, but there is no college that offers it.
after lots of prayer, I found a college called St. Katherine's.
I found this page: http://www.stkath.org/academics/degree-requirements/theology/
is this for real? it's an answer to my prayers!
has anyone heard of this or have any impressions?
No, it's not for real, from their page on Accreditation:
'St Katherine College has initiated
the WASC accreditation process. The full accreditation process normally requires four to five years. We plan
to achieve accreditation Candidacy
within two years; such recognition will permit our students to participate in Title IV federal student loan programs. The College will provide scholarships and other financial aid on a need-basis to replace Title IV funding until Candidacy is achieved. We plan
to be fully accredited by the time our first class, the class of 2015, graduates.'
The reality is that most American accreditation bodies won't accredit undergraduate Theology programs, only graduate ones. The closest you're going to get is Religious Studies (which was all Holy Cross offered to undergrads). If you really want to study theology, I'd look for colleges in England, but don't expect too much in the way of financial aid...private loans is about the best you can hope for and tuition is going up there.
With that said, be sure you really want to study theology. There aren't a lot of career options with studying theology. If you want to get ordained, Holy Cross offers a 7 year program with a B.A. in Religious Studies and an M.Div. It's expensive but at least people go there with an end in mind. If you're not looking to get ordained, there's not a lot you can do with a theology degree, to do anything you need a doctorate and theology positions at Orthodox and Catholic universities are VERY hard to come by, even for those with multiple doctorates. If I were you I'd reconsider getting an undergraduate degree in Religious Studies/Theology. Get a bachelors degree in engineering or the sciences, that way you have career options. If, after you get that degree, you decide you still want to study theology, then go to graduate school for it. I had an undergrad in Mathematics and went to Holy Cross to get my Masters of Theological Studies. That way if your theology career (read: Ordination) doesn't work out, you have something to fall back on. And even if it does, you have a unique perspective that many in your field will lack, giving you an advantage in many situations. If you ask many of the priests on this forum, you will even find that this is the path they followed as well.
The important thing is to keep your options open, learn as much as you can, there will be plenty of time for specializing later.