Our religious and theological studies program offers students a deep intellectual engagement with the Christian religious tradition, including our Catholic heritage, as well as a rich, comparative approach to the great religions of the world.
To both majors and minors, we offer four optional areas of focus - Christian theology, scripture, ethics and world religions - allowing them to choose a path of study that best meets their needs and captures their interests. Beyond the classroom, we sponsor activities that complement our curriculum - from bringing to the University guest speakers who explore the relevant religious issues of the day to sponsoring study abroad courses in destinations such as Belize, Turkey and Israel.
Our graduates possess a strong liberal arts foundation for postgraduate work, including the study of religion, history or law, as well as careers in social services, education, business and church-related contexts.
Life After Salve
A degree in religious and theological studies provides students with fascinating, versatile and challenging coursework and gives them the opportunity to read, discuss and write about serious issues. Students explore the most important aspects of human life, sharpening their liberal arts skills in the process.
Both for-profit and nonprofit companies seek employees who are smart, interesting and quick learners. While employees can be taught necessary technical skills, employers want them to have real exposure to ideas, different worldviews and the ability to speak, read and write effectively. This is precisely what the religious and theological studies degree offers.
In the Workforce
Our graduates have worked successfully in a wide variety of careers, including:
- Social services
- Conferences and events planning
- Legal assistance in major law firms
- College admissions teams
- Community mental health centers
- Management positions in for-profit businesses
- College Newman Centers
- Teaching in private schools, both Catholic and non-Catholic
Our graduates have pursued advanced study in architectural history, business, law, psychology, religion and theology and social work at institutions such as:
- American University
- Catholic Theological Union
- Claremont Graduate University
- Harvard Business School
- Rhode Island College
- Roger Williams University School of Law
- University of Maryland
- Yale Divinity School