A religious studies major is excellent preparation for work in a number of fields in which knowledge of religion is primary: college/university professor; public and private school teaching; work for a particular Christian denomination or specific employment in the Roman Catholic Church as a campus minister, hospital minister, service coordinator or church administrator.
For those who feel they possess a religious vocation, the religious studies major is an excellent preparation to become members of the clergy.
Special RequirementsTotal credits for the major is 24 and 18 credits for the minor. No courses in the major or minor may be taken under the pass/fail option.
A QPA of 2.67 is required in religious studies courses for the major or minor. No religious studies course with a grade of "C" or below can be credited to the major or minor.
Transfer student coursework will be evaluated by the department chair to develop a timetable for completion of the major or minor in religious studies.
Note: The programs are designed on an individual basis, under the direction of the department chairperson. Students planning to teach in the elementary schools of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia should complete 18 hours in Catholic theology or religious education.