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The Department of Religious Studies examines religious beliefs, institutions and practices using approaches from the humanities, arts, social sciences and sciences. The academic study of religion, combined with appropriate courses in other fields, provides an excellent background for any professional career—including law, engineering, medicine and health care professions, journalism, social work and others—and for graduate studies in a number of fields.

A major in religious studies provides a well-rounded liberal arts education or can be combined conveniently with a second major. Minors or sequences in religious studies complement and broaden any field chosen as a major.


Dr. Jonathan Tan to Join the Department of Religious in Spring 2015

Date posted: October 29th, 2014

Dr. Jonathan Tan will join the Department of Religious Studies as the Archbishop Paul Hallinan Chair in Catholic Studies in Spring 2015. Dr. Tan will offer a full array of courses in global Catholicism.  These will provide electives as well as additional course options for students wishing to pursue a major or minor in Religious Studies. […Read more]

New website, technology-enhanced classroom help reinvent Bible course

Date posted: October 8th, 2014 […Read more]


Master of Arts in Religious Studies applications

Applications for the Master of Arts Program in Religious Studies are now being accepted.