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Why Study Religious Studies at Madonna University?

  • Explore important religious questions of humankind through the lens of God’s revelation in Scripture and the Catholic and Christian traditions.
  • Become knowledgeable about other cultures and religious traditions as you prepare for the responsibilities of global citizenship.
  • Acquire a deeper understanding of the Christian, and particularly Catholic, tradition at the core of Madonna University’s identity.
  • Explore the roots of the Franciscan values of respect for the dignity of each person, reverence for creation, peace and justice, and education for truth and service.
  • Excellent, faculty who are well-versed in their fields and dedicated to student success.
  • Courses can be taken on campus, online, or in a combination of both.

Religious Studies explores the “big questions” at the heart of our existence, theological questions that lead to reflection upon the divine revelation to humankind, that opens the door to a deeper relationship with God. Reflecting Madonna’s identity as a Catholic University in the Franciscan tradition, the Religious Studies program fosters an understanding of the religious and moral dimensions of human experience by examining religious sources, traditions, beliefs and practices, with an emphasis on the revelation of the Word of God through Sacred Scripture and the Catholic tradition. Special attention is given to Franciscan, Christian-humanistic values, with an awareness of other faith traditions and a concern for social justice, in preparation for teaching, pastoral ministry, and graduate studies. Students may pursue either a major or a minor in this field, and may find it valuable to combine this with another major.

Careers   Grad Schools Attended by Alumni   Employers of Alumni
Church-Related Service: Parish Ministry; Director/Instructor of Religious Education; Parish Administration; Director of Liturgy   Madonna University   Boston College
University Teaching   Boston College   Christ the King Catholic Church of Ann Arbor, MI
High School Teaching/Religious Education on the Elementary or Secondary Level   Graduate Theological Foundation   Church of the Divine Child, Dearborn, MI
Priesthood or Religious Life   Marquette University   The Diocese of LaCrosse, WI
Catechist   Marygrove College   Madonna University
Sunday School Teacher   Sacred Heart Major Seminary   St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Ypsilanti, MI
Retreat Work   University of Detroit Mercy   St. Joseph Catholic Church, South Lyon, MI
Spiritual Direction   Wayne State University   St. Michael Academy, Petoskey, MI
Social Service Agencies        
Ethics Committees        
Peace and Justice Ministries        
Non-Profit Organizations        
Graduate Programs, leading to college teachings, research, chaplaincy, or advanced levels of proficiency/certification in above fields