Theology + Religious Studies
Then and now. Here in Boston and around the world. Rooted in Catholicism and open to the world.
At Emmanuel College, 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.
From the Bible to the Buddha, from metaphysics to ethics, from history to today's news—our courses span a broad range 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 an emphasis on experiential learning, service learning and social justice helps prepare students to be caring and astute global citizens.
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 Christianity, including both Catholic and Protestant perspectives, as well as world religions such as Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Chinese traditions.