Hi. Currently I am pursuing a degree in nursing at a local community college after leaving a university here in my state. I am doing quite well academically, and I do like the profession. However, I also feel that this is not the end of my studies by far, and I have been considering a degree in theology sometime in the near future after I graduate from my local program and work for a while to save money, and to get on my feet.
I want my mind to be challenged academically and I want my soul to be challenged spiritually. I don’t know–I don’t think–I have a vocation to the priesthood or religious life (although that is not out of the question) so I think the best way for me to respond to what I think is a prompting from God is to study theology in a formal manner. But I am a bit confused as to the differences between the degrees.
I know the academic difference between a baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degree. But this STL/Licentiate and STD/Doctor business has me confused. Are these latter two different in a qualitative, substantial way from “regular” theology degrees? What is the difference between a doctorate in theology and the Sacra Theologiae Doctor degree?