Department of Religion
The Catholic Church’s Second Vatican Council Declaration, Nostra Aetate, tells us that people look to their religious traditions for answers to the most profound questions of human life:
“What is humanity? What is the meaning, the aim of our life? What is moral good, what sin? Whence suffering and what purpose does it serve? Which is the road to true happiness? What are death, judgment and retribution after death? What, finally, is that ultimate inexpressible mystery which encompasses our existence: whence do we come, and where are we going?” (NA1).
To study different religions, one’s own and those of others, is to attain a window on the deepest cares, hopes, aspirations, and anxieties of one’s fellow human beings across time and culture. It is to begin to grasp the complexities and subtleties of human culture where religious questions are always tied in with philosophical, political, aesthetic, economic, and ethical concerns.
Our faculty are committed to introducing students to sophisticated ways of thinking about the beliefs and practices of varied religious traditions in relation to specific cultural and historical contexts, philosophical questions, and contemporary moral, economic, and political issues.
The religion major at Seton Hall offers studies that cover major world religious traditions, such as Hinduism and Buddhism, and especially Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.
Our undergraduate program also focuses on a wide variety of interdisciplinary topics and issues including social ethics, biblical archaeology, secularism and political theory, race and ethnicity, interfaith dialogue, gender and women's studies, and much more.
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The Master of Arts degree in Jewish-Christian Studies educates students in the history, theology, ethics, and scriptures of the Jewish and Christian faith traditions and prepares graduates for advanced doctoral biblical and religious studies and many facets of interreligious and multicultural relations, dialogue and diplomatic encounters.
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Theta Alpha Kappa
The Seton Hall chapter of Theta Alpha Kappa (TAK), the National Honor Society for Religious and Theology, is hosted and supported by the Department of Religion. TAK's mission is to honor and promote academic excellence in the disciplines of religious and theological studies. Members include undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty.
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