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Chair: Fr. William Graf
Email: wgraf@sjfc.edu
Phone: (585) 385-8251


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Religious Studies Department

Why Study Religious Studies at Fisher?

The field of religious studies plays an important role in helping you appreciate the values and heritage of living in the intercultural milieu of twenty-first century America.

A major in Religious Studies will give you the opportunity to:

  • Explore the "big questions" of life from a variety of perspectives
  • Deepen your understanding of your own religious tradition as well as those of different religious backgrounds
  • Gain fuller insight into the political, economic, social and artistic behaviors that reflect religious traditions and commitments
  • Enhance ethical awareness and promote social responsibility in your personal and professional life

Career Opportunities

Textual analysis, critical moral inquiry, and cultural sensitivity fostered through religious studies constitute excellent preparation not only for further graduate study in the field, but also for graduate work in law, business, and the health care professions.

Career opportunities with a major in Religious Studies include:

  • Lay minister in a parish setting such as pastoral worker, religious educator, liturgical coordinator, or youth minister
  • Chaplain in such settings as high school or college campuses, hospitals or nursing homes, and correctional facilities
  • Entry-level positions in agencies such as Catholic Charities
  • Preparation for teaching religion in Catholic schools at the elementary and secondary levels

Additional education toward certificate and degree programs is widely available if you wish to dedicate yourself to the rapidly expanding field of lay ministry.

Supervised Internship Program

The Department sponsors a co-operative program with local churches which can give you hands-on experience in a ministerial setting. A recent participant made the following comment:

"I took away more than knowledge from this co-op. I acquired further inspiration for my academic study of religion and aspiration to grow spiritually. I think of the parish staff as mentors, teachers, and friends."

Recent supervisors have likewise expressed their satisfaction with the program, noting that it "was a very worthwhile experience" and how they "would love to have this as an on-going working relationship."

REST Club

The Religious Studies Club is an opportunity for you to discuss current issues, view films, participate in community service, and attend field trips. Membership in the club is open to students, regardless of religious affiliation.

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Mission of the Religious Studies Department

The mission of the Religious Studies Department is to foster the academic study of religion in all its diversity in order to equip students to live in and appreciate a culture of religious pluralism. The department welcomes constituents of all religious or cultural backgrounds and identities.

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