Religious Studies Bachelor of Arts


The religious studies major at Mercyhurst University cultivates an understanding of the human experience through the study of a diverse breadth of knowledge designed with the spirit of ecumenical and interfaith openness in mind. As educators, we believe that an understanding of religion as a concept and practice allows us to better understand humanity, which is the foundation for connecting with people, understanding people and accepting people, especially those with different views, beliefs and experiences from our own. In keeping with the Mercy tradition, we are committed to fostering awareness of regional, national and global issues of justice that emerge within religious contexts and society. Curriculum aims to develop and hone skills in communication, argumentation, research, social justice, cultural awareness, creativity, problem solving, and critical thinking. Religious studies majors often choose to double major in another discipline, which allows them to cultivate a rich, well-rounded education that opens doors to several career options upon graduation. Graduates have gone on to work in ministry, service organizations, the arts, health professions, social work, business and intelligence.

Meet the Faculty

Caeser Montevecchio, M.T.S.
Dan Heifetz
Dana Logan, Ph.D.
Daniel McFee, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Mary Hembrow Snyder, Ph.D.
Professor and Director, Center for Mercy and Catholic Studies
Richard McCarty, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Robert von Thaden, Ph.D.
Department Chair and Associate Professor
Thomas Forsthoefel, Ph.D.
Verna Ehret, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

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