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Chair: Fr. William Graf
Phone: (585) 385-8251

Religious Studies Program Requirements

Note: The Undergraduate Catalog contains the most detailed Religious Studies degree information including program requirements and course descriptions.


Departmental offerings include courses which:

  • Center on the historical development of religious ideas, movements, and institutions
  • Center on analysis of religious thought and behavior
  • Examine primary religious texts and literature
  • Explore the role of religion in society

Religious Studies Concentrations

The Religious Studies department offers the following concentrations:

  • Roman Catholic Theology - to recognize the methods and sources of Roman Catholic Theology
  • World Religions - to recognize and research world religions, both Eastern and Western
  • Ethics - to emphasize a personal and communal process of moral decision-making from professional, cultural, and religious perspectives
  • World Scriptures - to read and explore the original sources of various world religions in translation to appreciate the literary richness of selected World Religions

You may also combine a religious studies program with other fields such as history, gerontology, communications, business, education, psychology, political science, philosophy, literature, sociology, anthropology, languages, or international studies.

Major in Religious Studies

As a Religious Studies major, you'll choose 10 courses in consultation with a departmental faculty advisor for a total of 30 credits. Four of the courses must be at the 300 level or higher, including REST496—Independent Study. Six of the courses must be completed in one of the concentrations listed above.

Minor in Religious Studies

A minor in Religious Studies requires 18 credit hours in one of the concentrations listed above.

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