College of Arts & Sciences

Overview

The Department of Religion is Seton Hall’s home for comparative religion, comparative theology, inter-religious dialogue, and ecumenical studies.

We offer a comprehensive yet focused Bachelor of Arts program, as well as minors in religion and archeology, to undergraduate students. This curriculum focuses on the theological, ethical, and cultural dimensions of Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant Christianity and other religious traditions, particularly the Jewish and Muslim traditions.

Major in Religion

Our students have gone onto graduate school (law, medicine, doctoral studies), gained coveted spots in Teach for America, landed jobs in business and nonprofits, and have served the mission of various religious communities (Christian, Jewish, and Muslim).

The awarding of a Bachelor of Arts in Religion requires a total of 30 credits completed in the major, including the Methods in the Study of Religion and Theology course and the Capstone Seminar, as well as the completion of the College of Arts and Sciences core requirements. 

As of Fall 2014, Religion majors may take up to 6 to 9 credits in preselected (or cognate) courses from Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology, Diplomacy, and Political Science to meet the requirements for the major in Religion. 

Religion majors may focus their studies in one of the following areas:

    1. Biblical Studies and Sacred Texts
    2. Christian Traditions, Theology and Ecumenical Studies
    3. Comparative Religion
    4. Religious and Social Ethics

Undergraduate courses range from general introductory level courses, such as Religions of the World, to specialized courses at the advanced level such as Introduction to Ecumenism, Race, Politics, and Theology, Women and Gender in Islam, and Catholic Social Teaching.

To earn a minor in Religion, students must complete the following 18 credits in the Department of Religion:

    • Two introductory RELS courses (6 credits)
    • Three 2000 or 3000 level courses (9 credits)
      Note: RELS 2411, 2415, and/or 2418 may not count as upper level courses if used to fulfill the introductory level courses
    • RELS 2010 Methods in the Study of Religion and Theology (3 credits)

View the full curriculum in the Department of Religion»

Honors Students Majoring in Religion

After completing the 4 Honors Colloquia, Honors students may complete the Religion Major by fulfilling the following requirements: 12 credits (or four courses) from the Religion Department’s 2000 or 3000-level courses, and 6 credits (or two courses) of which must be at the 3000-level.

In consultation with the Religion Department chairperson, Honors students majoring in Religion may focus the 12-credit requirement in one of four concentrations: Scripture, Ecumenical Theology, Comparative Religions/Inter-religious Dialogue, or Religious and Social Ethics.

An additional 3-credit capstone or senior thesis may be possible upon further consultation with the Religion Department chairperson. 

This opportunity for Honors students applies whether Religion is designated as your first major or second major (or even third major).

The following is a sampling of the Religion Department’s 2000 and 3000-level courses:

    • War, Peace, and Theological Ethics
    • Catholic Social Teaching
    • Science and Theology in Dialogue
    • Christians and Muslims on Faith and Reason
    • Women, Gender, and Islam
    • Islamic Spirituality and Mysticism
    • Christian Theologies of Judaism
    • Judaism and Other Religions
    • Bible, Film, and Popular Culture
    • Catholicism and Ecumenism
    • The Black Church
    • Race, Politics, and Theology

Minor in Religion

To earn a minor in Religion, students must complete the following 18 credits in the Department of Religion:

    • Two introductory RELS courses (6 credits)
    • Three 2000 or 3000 level courses (9 credits)
      Note: RELS 2411, 2415, and/or 2418 may not count as upper level courses if used to fulfill the introductory level courses
    • RELS 2010 Methods in the Study of Religion and Theology (3 credits)

Minor in Archaeology

This program, co-sponsored by the Departments of Religion, Languages, Literatures and Cultures and Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work, is designed to lead the student to ancient foundations of human intellectual, social and material achievement through guided applications of academic disciplines.

Learn more about earning a minor in Archaeology»

For more information, please contact Dr. KC Choi (Religion Chair) at kijoo.choi@shu.edu.
For the latest Religion Department news, go to https://www.blogs.shu.edu/religion/.

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