The religions of the world have tremendous influence on the world’s communities and cultures.
Religions shape every aspect of life including political and economic policies, human rights, literature, art, and the environment. At Loyola, you will explore the past, present, and emerging future of these religions. You will examine what people believe, why they believe it, and how their beliefs form private and public lives.
Undergraduate Degree Programs
Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies
Our Jesuit community has long been committed to understanding the various religions of the world. By deepening your understanding of spirituality and religions both well-known and little-known, you will join in the Jesuit tradition of exploring your world in new ways. Whatever your beliefs, we invite you to explore with us as we grow in appreciation of each other.
Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies to Master of Pastoral Studies or Master of Religious Education
As a Religious Studies major, you have deepened your understandings of yourself and others through an examination of various religion’s responses to fundamental human questions about the meaning of life, death, and human suffering. Joining the dual bachelor's and master's degree program allows you to cultivate these understandings and put your faith in action. The Master of Pastoral Studies (MPS) or Master of Religious Education (MRE) degree prepares you for work and ministry in religious or secular settings as you learn the practical theology that guides ministry, practice the communication and organizational skills that support ministry, and engage in a process of theological reflection that embraces an Ignatian model of action-reflection-action. This degree is open to on-campus students only.
Minor in Religious Studies
Religion is integral to the values of every culture, and a deep-seated understanding of religion can open up myriad life and work opportunities, no matter what major you choose.
Displaced Christianities - Mapping Postcolonial Theology
Those in power have the power to shape knowledge in a way which reinforces their power: This is the core insight of post-colonial studies, a school of thought which emerged in the 1960s with the end of colonialism in Africa and Asia, and employed by Dr. Judith Gruber in her research, “Displaced Christianities - Mapping Postcolonial Theology.”
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The Fortress Historical Trajectories Series, General Editor: Denis Janz
Religious Studies’ Professor Denis Janz’, The Fortress Series, Historical Trajectories, is a short series of single-author books, each one sketching the historical profile of a currently discussed Christian belief, practice, or issue.
Moral and Religious Emotions
Father Edward Vacek, S.J., Ph.D. recently published two new articles that address his on-going research on the topic of moral and religious emotions.