Department of Religious Studies

In the Department of Religious Studies, we continue the College’s tradition of conferring religious studies degrees to women, a heritage which began when Saint Mary’s became the first women’s college in the nation to offer an undergraduate degree in theology and the first Catholic college to give advanced degrees in theology to women. We create an environment for the open study of religion and for serious theological inquiry, firmly committed to Saint Anselm’s definition of theology as “faith seeking understanding.”


We offer a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in religious studies. In addition to a wide range of elective courses from which to choose, our Catholic heritage provides opportunities to experience and grow your faith.


The faculty in the Department of Religious Studies is comprised of accomplished experts and scholars who match their passion for theology with a dedication to teaching and mentoring. Their areas of expertise include historical and contemporary theology, feminist theology, black liberation theology, Catholic studies, biblical studies, religion and literature, ethics, philosophy of religion, and interreligious dialogue.


You’ll find our religious studies alumnae achieving great things all over the country, and as part of the Saint Mary’s sisterhood, they serve as valuable professional connections. Our graduates have pursued advanced degrees at Emory University, Harvard University, the University of Portland, and Yale University. With a degree in religious studies, you’ll be well prepared for graduate school, as well as a diverse range of careers.