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.

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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
Benjamin Wood

Benjamin Wood

Assistant Professor
Religious Studies

News & Events

News

New Graduates Celebrate New Year

Valedictorian Christine Muraco '17, Commencement Speaker Evelyn Wolfe, Interim President Timothy Houlihan and the Winter Commencement Class of 2017 made for an amazing day January 9, 2017 as they rang in the new year with almost 100 new graduates of St. Francis College.

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Interfaith Discussion on Mercy - A St. Clare & St. Francis Week Event

St. Francis College proudly sponsored an Interfaith Panel Discussion on Mercy on October 5, 2016, featuring Ms. Imam Boukadoum (Director of Community Partnerships at the Interfaith Center of New York), Fr. Joel Warden, c.o., Ph.D. (Pastor of the Oratory Church of St. Boniface and Administrator of the Church of the Assumption in Brooklyn, New York), and Rabbi Joseph Potasnik (Executive Vice President of the New York Board of Rabbis).

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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