Majors & Minors
Because religion plays a central role in human culture, religious literacy is critical for anyone wishing to understand our rapidly globalizing world. The study of theology and religion allows for the contemplation of crucial human questions regarding the origins of the universe, the purpose of existence, the nature of morality, and our final destiny.
The Theology and Religious Studies program engages all religions with openness and respect. Emmanuel welcomes students of all faiths as well as those who do not identify with a religious faith. Courses are offered in Catholicism and Christianity, as well as world religions such as Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and Chinese religions. Courses frequently consider questions about poverty, ecology, and human rights, and an emphasis on experiential learning, service learning, and social justice helps prepare students to be caring and astute global citizens.
Students choose to major or minor in Theology and Religious Studies for many reasons. Often they find it complements career goals in teaching, social work, or other helping professions. As a liberal arts degree, it is also solid preparation for further study in law or business. Some students like Sam Gold '10 go on to graduate programs in religion, theology, or ministry.