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Welcome to the Department of Religious Studies

The mission of the Department of Religious Studies is to discover, explore and analyze religious experience in its various manifestations, emphasizing the Roman Catholic tradition in dialogue with the other Christian traditions and with the world religions.
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Academic Programs

The Department of Religious Studies explores the religious experience of human beings and its various manifestations (sacred writings, historical development and interaction with the cultures of the times, religious structures, belief systems, moral codes, manners of worship). We offer the following degree programs: Bachelor of Arts in religious studies, Master of Arts in theological studies and pastoral ministry, and a Ph.D. in theology.
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Religious Studies is a point of entry for a wide variety of careers, some traditionally associated with the field and others which might surprise you. Religious studies is, of course, a good major for people who intend to pursue careers in ministry, social justice and education, but it is also helpful as a stepping stone for people interested in publishing, social work, public relations, and any field which values critical thinking, the ability to interpret texts and to see the world empathetically. Some current occupations for our religious studies graduates:

  • Catholic school teacher
  • School administrator
  • Director of parish religious education
  • Coordinator of religious education
  • Pastoral music director
  • University professor
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Opportunities & Activities

Religious Studies majors choose from several curricular and extra-curricular activities to enhance their learning experience. Learn more about department and University-wide opportunities from the links in the For More Information box on this page.

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Faculty & Staff

The faculty and staff of the Department of Religious Studies invite you to meet us and find out what we have to offer.

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Research & Scholarship

The intellectual power and creative vitality of the College of Arts and Sciences reside in our faculty. While students lie at the center of the College’s attention, the work of the College’s faculty makes possible the distinctive education in the liberal arts and sciences that our graduates attain. All of the College’s achievements and aspirations spring in some way from faculty members’ creativity, talent, and dedication in scholarship, teaching, and professional service.


Contact Us

Please contact us for more information about our programs. We look forward to hearing from you.


Department of Religious Studies
University of Dayton
Jesse Phillips Humanities Center Room 301
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469-1530

Phone: 937-229-4321
Fax: 937-229-4330