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A Connected World Shows the Importance of Understanding All Religions
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.
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.
In a deeply personal address with anecdotes about his family and an exploration of the mission of college education in the modern day, St. Francis College President Miguel Martinez-Saenz laid out an ambitious plan setting the College on a path of growth and transformation.
The Class of 2018 is honored at Winter Commencement.
The words of poet Maya Angelou were the first ones uttered by President Miguel Martinez-Saenz to a standing room only crowd of prospective students and their parents at the St. Francis College Open House in October. They knew, right away, this new president was energized with new ways to engage and educate the entire college community.
Now a few months into his tenure as the 19th President in its 160 year history, St. Francis College is proud to announce a series of events celebrating the inauguration of President Miguel Martinez-Saenz.
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.
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.
- 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.