Department of Theology and Religious Studies
The Department of Theology and Religious Studies is a diverse community of scholars who advance the teaching and study of religion with particular attention to fostering the understanding of Catholic traditions.
In support of the educational mission of the university and the furtherance of our own disciplines, The Department of Theology and Religious Studies pursues excellence in scholarship. As a faculty that is multidisciplinary in both training and outlook, we bring a spirit of creativity and dialogue to bear on the exploration of religious meaning.
We are dedicated to our role in fulfilling the liberal arts goals of the core curriculum, and equally committed to fostering a vibrant cohort of majors and minors. By providing an intellectually rigorous program, we create opportunities for students to explore religion as a constitutive element of human experience and values, and to acquire skills for engaging diverse dimensions of religion with openness and respect.
Why Choose Theology and Religious Studies at USD?At USD, you'll gain varied perspectives of many religions, not just Catholicism, around the world to better understand and respect the opinions and cultures outside of your own. This knowledge and empathetic skills will serve you well throughout your life.
Obtain Valuable Research Experience
Focus on a specific area of study and conduct your own research – locally and even globally – to reinforce your data collection, critique and presentation skills. Feature this research experience on your resume and graduate program application.
Gain from Faculty Scholarship
Work closely with faculty who are actively conducting research and writing publications, which gives you access to new and unique opportunities.
Make Strong Connections for a Brighter Future
Visit with scholars through community events, make stronger connections between your coursework and cultures, and deepen your understanding.
Access International Opportunities
Students have several opportunities to travel outside the United States to apply their coursework to the real world.
In the News
// February 3, 2017
“O God, you have taught us if we are open to one another, you dwell in us. Help us to realize that there can be no understanding where…
// February 1, 2017
Sign up for THRS 353: Early Christianity by Dr. Florence Gillman, in London, England this summer! Application deadline is Februa…
// November 23, 2016
The University of San Diego will host a two-day Catholic Immigrant Integration Initiative Conference November 28-29, which will include part…
- Feb23Thursday, February 23, 2017 // 4 p.m.Mother Rosalie Hill Hall, Executive Classroom 102 5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110
- Mar14Tuesday, March 14, 2017 // 5 p.m.Mother Rosalie Hill Hall, Room Warren Auditorium 5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110