A religious studies major is excellent preparation for work in a number of fields in which knowledge of religion is primary: college/university professor; public and private school teaching; work for a particular Christian denomination or specific employment in the Roman Catholic Church as a campus minister, hospital minister, service coordinator, or church administrator.
For those who feel they possess a religious vocation, the religious studies major is an excellent preparation to become members of the clergy.
Requirements for the major in Religious Studies
DEVELOPMENTAL COURSESChoose two of the following (6 credits):
THE CATHOLIC SOCIAL JUSTICE TRADITIONChoose one of the following (3 credits):
RELIGION IN AMERICAChoose one of the following (3 credits):
JUNIOR-YEAR COURSE (3 credits)Taught by one of the full-time faculty members
REL 444 Senior Seminar (3 credits)Capstone guided reading and research
Religious Studies Electives (6 credits)
Electives, selected from any departments (51–65 credits)
Total credits for major: 24
Transfer student coursework will be evaluated by the department chair to develop a timetable for completion of the major or minor in religious studies.
Note: The programs are designed on an individual basis, under the direction of the department chairperson. Students planning to teach in the elementary schools of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia should complete 18 hours in Catholic theology or religious education.