By examining religion in the context of society, history and culture, the Department of Religious Studies helps deepen student’s knowledge of various religious traditions. St. Joseph’s courses enable students to appreciate the beliefs of all people within their cultural and historical development. Religious studies students also study the current complex issues of society from both a theological and moral viewpoint.
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.