Why Religion and Philosophy?
- 1Studying Religion and Philosophy opens numerous doors. For example, after graduation, students are prepared to pursue graduate studies, enter priesthood, join a ministry, or use their undergraduate degree as preparation for business work.
- 2Both Religion and Philosophy are important aspects of the human experience. They have shaped the world’s history, literature, art, culture, politics, ethics, and economics.
- 3The studies of Religion and Philosophy work hand in hand. While studying Religion gives students insight into the past, studying Philosophy gives students insight into themselves and those around them. As a result, Philosophy and Religion majors are able to examine why the world is the way it is and why the world was the way it was.
Why Study Religion and Philosophy at Saint Joseph’s College?
Our Religion and Philosophy major emphasizes religion and faith as much as reason. The major requires an integrative mind and utilizing natural and human sciences, such as psychology, sociology, anthropology, and linguistics. The major, which is coupled with the Core Program, challenges students to expand their worldview and creates well-rounded graduates who are prepared to pursue multiple career paths or graduate studies. Students may also study other world religions as part of their curriculum, including Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam. Religion and Philosophy is the ideal major for students considering the priesthood, religious life, or full-time professional ministry.
Religion and Philosophy students are encouraged to pursue internships. Opportunities to work with Campus Ministry and help with retreats and youth ministries are readily available. In order to make hands-on experience part of the curriculum, the Religion and Philosophy Department offers REL 391: Ministry Practicum and REL 392: Liturgy Practicum. During REL 391 and REL 392, students often work with SJC’s Campus Ministry, where they are given the opportunity to reflect theologically on retreats, youth groups, counseling, advocacy, service work, campus liturgies, parish liturgical planning, and other liturgical ministries.
Dedication to Excellence
The Religion and Philosophy major keeps in touch with the College’s Catholic identity. The study of Religion and its impact on our world is an integral part of the liberal education offered by SJC. Because students are introduced to the basic aspects of Religion and Philosophy in the Core Program, Religion and Philosophy majors can begin their studies with more complex ideas.The major is ideal for students considering the priesthood, religious life, or full-time professional ministry. The major provides a solid foundation of prerequisites for the Master of Divinity degree (MDiv), allowing entry into the study leading to the priesthood or professional ministry.
Faculty and Class Size
Our Department of Philosophy and Religion consists of professors and clergy who hold doctoral degrees in their fields of expertise. In classes ranging between 7 and 10 students, our Philosophy and Religion faculty members can tailor classes to meet students’ needs and give their students the personal attention that they deserve.