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A guiding light in your quest for meaning.
Where does religion fit in your world? With constant digital influences, social media and instant information, does religion's profound impact still carry weight in the modern era? The answer isn't a simple one.
The Department of Religious Studies at St. Joseph's reflects the multifaceted nature of religion and offers you the means to enhance your understanding of religion as an important aspect of human experience.
By examining religion in the context of society, history and culture, deepen your knowledge of various religious traditions and learn to appreciate the beliefs of all people within their distinct heritages. Study current, complex issues from both theological and moral viewpoints. The quest for meaning starts here.
This certificate is intended to provide either matriculated or non-matriculated students with a background of sufficient depth to enable them to have the skills and knowledge necessary to meet leadership needs in church affiliated settings. The program is designed to prepare students for roles of leadership and service in such areas as religious education, youth ministry, social outreach, marriage preparation and family ministry. Eighteen credits are required to complete this certificate.
The religious studies minor can enhance personal interests or help students pursue graduate work in religious studies or theology This minor is valuable to those who wish to appreciate the beliefs of all people within their cultural and historical development, teach in a religiously affiliated school or become engaged in a form of a church-based ministry.
The minor also complements a variety of other majors. For example, a business or health administration major could develop a specialization in complex theological and moral viewpoints to learn more about the economics of communication across cultural divides.
Religious studies majors are found in a variety of careers, as religion plays an increasingly important role in the global economy and politics. In addition to further study in religion, majors pursue such professional programs as medicine and law, social work and academia, promoting understanding and communication across spiritual and cultural divides.