The Department of Religion is Seton Hall's home for the study of religion, theology, and ethics in global, comparative, and ecumenical contexts. Animated by Vatican Council II's call for Catholic Christians and all persons of good will to examine the relationship between faith and reason, engage one another in solidarity, and promote the common good, the Department of Religion's curriculum focuses on the theological, cultural, and ethical dimensions of Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant Christianity and other global religious traditions, particularly, Judaism, Islam, and South Asian religions.
The exceptional professors of the Department of Religion offer dynamic, thought-provoking courses that challenge students to approach their personal faith and academic interests in religion, theology, and ethics critically and constructively. We believe that religious, theological, and moral questions are at the heart of all human experiences (political, economic, and cultural). Studying religion within an academic setting enlivens the human quest to know more about ourselves, the world, and the divine.
At the undergraduate level, the Department of Religion offers a comprehensive yet focused Bachelor of Arts program, as well as undergraduate minors in religion and archeology. The B.A. and minor in Religion are excellent complements to any course of study at Seton Hall, from business and nursing to science, history, literature, and politics.
On the graduate level, the Department of Religion offers a Master of Arts in Jewish-Christian Studies, the first and only one of its kind in the United States. The Jewish-Christian Studies program focuses on analyzing complex religious, ethical, and social issues that promote peace and justice and prepares students for many facets of interreligious and multicultural relations, dialogue, and diplomatic encounters.
The Department of Religion, in collaboration with the Department of Political Science and Public Affairs, also offers a dual degree B.A. and M.A. in Religion and Public Administration. This five-year program is a smart option for students who plan on pursuing careers in the non-profit sector, public interest law, school administration, or non-governmental relief services and social advocacy.