Religion (minor)

Religious experience is universally a part of the human condition. SJC’s Religion minor offers students the opportunity to study and reflect on the foundational sources and the human response to the Divine through a system of beliefs, worship, and morality. Our Religion minor challenges students to obtain an expanded world view and is ideal for students with integrative minds. 



Only available as a minor

Why Religion?

  • 1While studying Religion is an excellent way to prepare for seminary, those who study Religion are not limited to becoming priests, rabbis, or ministers. According to The Princeton Review, “Studying Religion is an excellent way to prepare for other professions.” 
  • 2Religion is an important aspect of the human experience. It has shaped the world’s history, literature, art, culture, politics, ethics, and economics.
  • 3Studying Religion is a great way to gain insight into the histories and cultures of other people.

Careers in Religion

  • Clergy
  • Minister
  • Philosopher
  • Professor
  • Writer
  • Youth Minister

Alumni Graduate Schools

  • Duke University
  • Liberty University
  • Northwestern University
  • Valparaiso University
  • University of Notre Dame

Why Study Religion at Saint Joseph's College?


Studying Religion at SJC requires an integrative mind and utilizing natural and human sciences, including psychology, sociology, anthropology, and linguistics. At the same time, the program, which is coupled with the Core Program, challenges students to obtain an expanded worldview.

Similar Studies:

Religion and Philosophy – major is designed for the student who desires to investigate life’s ultimate questions from a religious perspective. The major is ideal for students wishing to pursue graduate theological or ministerial education.  

Hands-on Experience

In order to help our Religion minors gain hands-on experience, opportunities to work with Campus Ministry and help with retreats and youth ministries are readily available. To make hands-on experience part of the curriculum, the Philosophy and Religion 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 study of Religion and its impact on our world is an integral part of the liberal education offered by SJC. Every student is required to deal with religious and philosophical concepts throughout the Core Curriculum. Because the Core Program introduces students to the basic ideas of religion, students who study Religion at SJC are able to begin with complex ideas. While a minor in Religion is an excellent complement to many majors, the minor is also ideal for students who have been educated in Catholic schools and wish to continue their Catholic education.

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 they deserve.

Photo | Luke Hansen, S.J. '04

Major: Political Science. Minor: Religion/Philosophy

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    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors do more for you—they serve as mentors.

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    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life.

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