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able," offers Fr. Kilian. "There may be bits and pieces of history, but we're putting on theological eyeglasses for seeing and understanding. If I can get the students to understand this it makes their experience so much richer."
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Religious Studies Program (Major, minor)

Department overviewReligious studies (M., m.)

What is the Religious Studies Program?

There is virtually no topic more fascinating or capable of stirring intellectual passions than the subject of religion. Religious Studies is an interdisciplinary and academic program in which students with a variety of interests can explore various religious traditions, values and practices, and their impact on humanity.

The Judeo-Christian heritage is emphasized, yet the program fosters respect for and understanding of other religious traditions. As a Catholic institution in the Benedictine tradition, we are committed to an ecumenical and interfaith spirit that promotes peace, justice and social transformation.

Why study religious studies at Saint Martin's?

Our faculty is composed of active scholars who travel the world in pursuit of deeper understanding that can be shared with our students. Faculty interests and expertise include:

  • The Dead Sea Scrolls
  • Early Judaism
  • Biblical studies
  • Semiotics
  • Transcendentalism of the mid-19th century
  • Christian Spirituality
  • Benedictine Studies

Additional benefits

During the summer, students have the opportunity to participate in week-long discussions with internationally recognized groups of scholars at the University’s Spiritual Life Institute. For more than 30 years, the institute has explored topics to cultivate religious literacy, challenge pre-conceived notions and shed light upon the spiritual journey.

For a complete list of program goals, objectives and outcomes, please visit our undergraduate religious studies outcomes website.

What can I do with this major?

As a religious studies major, you have a wide range of pathways available to pursue as you establish a career. Religion majors can successfully pursue graduate studies than can lead to careers in religious professions, such as careers in:

  • Pastoral ministry (ordained or non-ordained)
  • Graduate studies, such as university professor, medicine, ordination in a faith, or law school
  • Education
  • Non-government organizations (NGO) attached to the United Nations
  • Non-profit organizations, such as Catholic Community Services or the Peace Corps
  • Government or foreign service
  • Event planning, hospitality or the service industry
  • Non-profit or non-governmental organizations
  • Publishing
  • Marketing and management

For a complete list of professional applications, visit For additional information about how Saint Martin’s can help you find the career for you, visit our Career Center.

What is required?


  • Six semester hours of lower-division courses
  • 24 semester hours of upper-division courses


  • Six semester hours of lower-division courses
  • 12 semester hours of upper-division courses

Visit the undergraduate academic catalog for a complete breakdown of religious studies requirements.

All Saint Martin's students must complete the University's general education requirements.

Internship opportunities

  • InterFaith Works
  • The Priory Spirituality Center
  • Local parishes
  • Catholic Community Services

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