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Religious Studies

Rooted in the Catholic and Dominican traditions where "faith seeks understanding," Religious Studies at Edgewood College provides exciting opportunities to examine the religious experience and its multiple expressions. Through academic inquiry, scholarly research, community-based learning, and intellectual reflection, students explore the religious dimensions of human experience, harmonize their own religious commitments and traditions with their intellectual, critical, and cultural development, and deepen their own spiritualities with a vision toward justice and peace. At the same time, all are called to develop a genuine respect and appreciation for the truths and values expressed in the traditions and spiritualities of others.

Students interested in Biblical Studies can pursue a concentration in Hebrew Scriptures and/or Christian Scriptures. Those considering graduate school or seminary may pursue the Pre-Theological Studies concentration. Students with interests in Christian Ministries may do additional coursework, practica, and internships in youth ministry, campus ministry, family ministry, pastoral ministry, liturgical ministry, pastoral musicianship, social justice ministry and/or church administration. Students focusing on Religious Education prepare to serve as directors or coordinators of religious education, adult faith formation, rites of initiation, or as leaders in parochial schools.

In addition to the wide variety of ministries in faith communities, a degree in Religious Studies provides excellent preparation for careers in justice advocacy, political activism, law, journalism, social work, government, education, business, and public policy.

A second major or minor in religious studies will provide students of history, peace and conflict studies, political science, or religion and public life with a better understanding of religious communities and the many longstanding ideological conflicts that have shaped the contemporary world.