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Religious Studies, B.A.

Study religion at a University rooted in the Mercy traditions of compassionate service, ethical values, and academic excellence

USJ’s Religious Studies program probes the ultimate questions of our existence: What is the meaning of life? What are our obligations to God and to each other?

As a Religious Studies major, you will explore these issues through the study of theology, comparative religions, spirituality, morality, and social justice.

Options of Study:

USJ welcomes members of all faiths. Contact us to find out more about our programs, which include:

  • Religious Studies major with several concentrations: Theology, Religion, Religious Education, Ministry, Justice and Peace, Christian Living, and Scripture
  • Religious Studies minor
  • Interdisciplinary minors in Justice and Peace Studies or Catholicism and Culture
  • Interfaith Leadership Studies Certificate


Students in the Religious Studies program participate in internships at churches, hospitals, outreach programs, and volunteer organizations. Recent internship placements include:

  • The Catholic Worker House
  • The Connecticut Coalition for Affordable Housing
  • Saint Elizabeth Seton Parish
  • Studying social justice in Nicaragua and Guatemala

Career Opportunities for Religious Studies Majors:

  • Business/Government
  • Agent for Change
  • Ethics Specialist
  • Pastor
  • Lobbyist
  • Chaplain
  • Personnel Director
  • Director of Religious Education
  • Education
  • Missionary
  • Campus Minister
  • Outreach Worker
  • Campus Religious Coordinator
  • Religious Researcher/Writer
  • Professor
  • Youth Minister
  • Religious Education Teacher
  • Theologian
  • Parish Director of Religious Studies
Murphy Lecture 2018 Rev. Joseph Cheah, OSM, Ph.D.

2018 Sister Mary Ellen Murphy Faculty Scholarship Award Lecture

Reading Time: 2 minutes Reverend Joseph Cheah, OSM, Ph.D., professor of Religious Studies and Theology, presented the 2018 Sister Mary Ellen Murphy Faculty Scholarship Award lecture on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018. In his lecture, entitled “‘Haunted House,’ Skeletons of a Racist Past, and Their Influences on U.S. Buddhism,” Father Joe, discussed the origins of both convert and ethnic Buddhism

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