Religious studies

Program mission statement

Religious studies is an interdisciplinary department offering a major, a minor and electives, enabling students with a variety of interests to explore religious traditions, practices and values. The Judeo-Christian heritage is emphasized, yet we foster respect for and understanding of other religious traditions in our approach to education. Religious studies faculty members focus on wide range of topics, including Scripture, sacramentality and the moral dimension in human behavior. As representatives of the Catholic Benedictine tradition, we are committed to an ecumenical and interfaith spirit that promotes the concepts of peace, justice and social transformation.

Program goals, objectives and outcomes

Students majoring in religious studies will acquire:


  • Demonstrate a broad understanding of the world’s religious traditions, teachings and practices.
  • Demonstrate a broad understanding of the Catholic and other Christian traditions.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the biblical story and approaches to its study.


  • Demonstrate the ability to interpret primary religious texts in English.
  • Demonstrate the ability to think critically and to write independently about religious and theological issues.


  • Demonstrate the ability to apply religious and ethical values and beliefs to life.