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Then and now. Here in Boston and around the world. Rooted in Catholicism and open to the world.

At Emmanuel, our students delve into the richness and diversity of the human encounter with the sacred from the ancient past to the present day. Because religion plays a central role in human culture, religious literacy is critical for anyone wishing to understand our rapidly globalizing world. The academic study of theology and religion allows students to understand and analyze the many ways humans have sought to understand the purpose of existence, the destiny of the universe and what it means to live a good life.

Our courses span a broad range, engage all religious with openness and respect and invite students to think critically and creatively about how religious traditions have shaped our world. Courses frequently consider questions about poverty, ecology and human rights and emphasize experiential and service learning and social justice.


Emmanuel’s theology and religious studies department offers a departmental major and minor, as well as a minor in Catholic studies. In addition to exploring topics in Catholicism, the department offers coursework in Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Chinese and other world religions.

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Faculty research, publish and present in their field and often collaborate side-by-side with students to help them explore their disciplines in greater depth, building on knowledge gained in the classroom and offering a unique hands-on, real-world experience. At Emmanuel, there’s an energy on campus that brings people and ideas together - in the classroom, across campus, throughout Boston and beyond.

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Department Highlights

Small classes, big advantages

Emmanuel's Theology + Religious Studies faculty are engaged teacher-scholars with a wide range of interests, from the Hebrew prophet to liberation theology. They teach courses which draw on ancient traditions, but also invite their students to experience contemporary societies through travel courses and service-learning.

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Equipped with a well-rounded liberal arts and sciences education and real-world experience within their disciplines, Emmanuel graduates go on to make their mark at companies and organizations locally, nationally and internationally. Many students also choose to continue their education at the master’s or doctorate level. Check out where some of our recent graduates are thriving!

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What Next?

Whether you are a current Emmanuel student or a prospective student exploring Emmanuel for the first time, we can help you determine what’s next. Schedule a meeting with your Academic Advisor, connect with the Career Center or the Office of International Programs to explore internship or study abroad options, or contact the Office of Admissions to set up a campus tour.

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