Religious Studies

A Connected World Shows the Importance of Understanding All Religions

Overview

Learn about the diversity and history of the world's religions.

As a Religious Studies major at St. Francis College, you have the opportunity to become an expert in the fascinating, diverse history of the world’s religions and gain insightful new perspectives on local and world events.

The College is steeped in the Franciscan Tradition of kindness, generosity, tolerance, and respect. This underscores the importance of understanding religions other than your own and learning about their diversity and history.

Religious studies is an excellent preparation not only for graduate work in religious studies, theology or religious ministry, but also for graduate studies and professional work in psychology, history, literature, philosophy, art and social science as well as political science, international affairs, and law.

Courses & Program Info

Mission

At St. Francis College, Religious Studies aims to enable students to understand and appreciate the religious beliefs and practices of all peoples in historical and cultural perspectives and to offer to each student the means to a disciplined reflection on the life of religious faith. This is done through the core curriculum course required of all students, electives open to all students, and the major and minor in Religious Studies.

In keeping with the Catholic and Franciscan heritage of the College, Religious Studies at St. Francis includes both descriptive study of religious history, literature and practice and constructive inquiry into religious ideas and meaning through the study of religious thought and of ethics with an emphasis on contemporary issues.

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Faculty

John Edwards

John Edwards

Department Chair
Philosophy, Religious Studies
Alexandria Egler

Alexandria Egler

Adjunct Professor
Religious Studies
Jim Freeman

Jim Freeman

Adjunct Professor
Religious Studies
K. Pedersen

K. Pedersen

Professor Emerita
Religious Studies
Alan Udoff

Alan Udoff

Professor Emeritus
Philosophy, Religious Studies

News & Events

News

A Conversation on Hospitality

New St. Francis President Miguel Martinez-Saenz began his talk on Hospitality October 5, with the spoken word piece Fish & Bread by Bryonn Bain as part of the 2017 St. Clare and St. Francis Week activities.

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The Cross at Ground Zero

For 13 years Fr. Brian Jordan, Director of Campus Ministry at St. Francis College fought to keep an icon from 9/11, the Ground Zero Cross, in public view. Now, he's written a memoir which chronicles the journey.

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SFC Professors Share Their Books

From looking for love or a teaching job, examining 'rape culture' to making psychology more accepted internationally, seven St. Francis College faculty members have recently published work on a variety of topics.

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U.S. News & World Report Names SFC to 5 'Best' Lists

While students are still getting used to their new schedule, they received some reaffirming news about the decision they made to attend St. Francis College, as U.S. News & World Report ranked St. Francis on 5 Best lists for the 2018 year including Best Regional Colleges in the North, Least Debt, and Best in Ethnic Diversity

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SFC Again Named Best Bang for the Buck

With a new president ready to begin the school year, St. Francis College heads into the Labor Day weekend with an honor from Washington Monthly magazine, named for a second year in a row as a Best Bang for the Buck among colleges in the northeast.

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Upcoming Events

Goals & Objectives

  • To provide students with a substantive knowledge of religious traditions and a critical understanding of the enterprise of the study of religion.
  • To develop in students the ability to deal comparatively with the basic themes of religion and to look at issues of religion in the light of evidence and reasonable reflection. Each student majoring in Religious Studies will achieve competence in his or her area of concentration in an overall program of study designed in consultation with the faculty.
  • To foster among students a spirit of positive engagement with religions other than their own through class work, research and site visits.
  • To serve not only the professional aspirations and academic needs but also the personal concerns of all students who enter the program, whatever their religious background or affiliation.
Learn about Courses and Program Requirements in the Course Catalogue