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.

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