Religious Studies

For centuries, a college education meant preparation in philosophy and theology, and these two disciplines continue to offer a breadth of knowledge that can factor into any profession. St. Joseph's B.A. in Religious Studies and Philosophy, which is offered at the Long Island Campus, combines study of the two with a specialization in one.

Religion, a major force in human experience, is infused throughout our endeavors — art, literature, science, politics, architecture, music, psychology and more. Religion is relevant to the most fundamental questions that we ask, and it is central to our quest for meaning.

The Religious Studies Department reflects the multifaceted nature of religion and offers students the means to enhance their understanding of religion as an important aspect of human experience. By examining religion in the context of society, history and culture, students deepen their knowledge of various religious traditions and learn to appreciate the beliefs of all people within their distinct heritages. Students also study current, complex issues from both theological and moral viewpoints.

Most courses fulfill Core Curriculum requirements and include such topics as world religions, science and religion, psychology and religion, biblical studies, morality, the existence of God, and the history of Christianity. 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, promoting understanding and communication across spiritual and cultural divides.

Religious Studies Minor
What can you do with a degree in religious studies?

Religious Studies Minor

The religious studies minor can enhance personal interests or help students pursue graduate work in religious studies or theology. It could also be helpful for students who wish to teach in a religiously affiliated school or become engaged in a form of a church-based ministry.

The minor can also complement other majors. For example, a history or political science major could develop a specialization in world religions.

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Peace and Justice Studies Minor
Understanding through social action.

Peace and Justice Studies Minor

Peace and justice studies, an interdisciplinary minor, identifies and analyzes the conditions that contribute to injustice, social conflict and war. Through reflection on moral and ethical values and the application of social action struggles, students are challenged to participate in the struggle to make peace and justice a social reality.

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Certificate in Religious Studies
Meet leadership needs in church affiliated settings.

Certificate in Religious Studies

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.

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Tatiana BelanichTatiana Belanich ’19
Religious Studies and Journalism Double Major

"The study of religion is an inspiring venture into the depths of the human experience. It’s an awakening of the human soul, an honest striving toward beauty and an exploration of universal longings and desires of the human heart. There is no other pursuit more exciting, nor any study more satisfying — it goes beyond the classroom and seeps into the fabric of our lives. Studying religion not only helped me grow in my own faith, but fostered hope, connection, relationship, understanding, open-mindedness and the recognition and appreciation of our common bonds. I am so grateful to have been part of a major that is not only ever-relevant, but captivating and ever-new.”

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Department of Religious Studies chair Thomas Petriano, Ph.D., recently published an article, "The Body as an Instrument of Prayer" in the Spring 2017 edition of Human Development Magazine. Click on the image above to read the full article.