Religious Studies Bachelor of Arts
Due to its humanizing nature, Religious Studies is an excellent complement to other majors and is encouraged for students who want to pursue work in intelligence or medical fields.
Our graduates have pursued advanced degrees at institutions such as Yale University, the University of Chicago and Emory University.
Mercyhurst’s Religious Studies department is the only one among the four universities in Erie County staffed by full-time Ph.D.-holding faculty.
While Mercyhurst's roots are founded in Catholicism, we also welcome and affirm a spirit of universal Christian and interfaith openness.
Religious Studies majors often double major in another discipline, which allows them to achieve a well-rounded education that opens doors to multiple career options upon graduation.
This course explores both personal and social moral issues in the context of Christian Scripture, tradition and human experience.
Students are introduced to sociological models helpful in examining the distinct enculturation of diverse traditions such as Buddhism, Islam and Hinduism into the American religious landscape. Students will also learn about strains of anti-immigration that resist such efforts of religious enculturation.
This course compares different versions of “the end” by investigating the diverse ancient and contemporary cultural contexts from which stories about the end of the world emerge.
We stand by the assumption that religion goes hand-in-hand with community service and volunteer work, which is why we emphasize to our students the importance of their involvement in the local community.
Graduates have gone on to work in ministry and service organization, the arts, health professions, social work, business and intelligence positions, as well as pursue advanced degrees at esteemed institutions.
We stress the importance of developing critical writing skills in the field by requiring essays, papers, and critiques and providing additional opportunities for revisions and consultation with faculty.