In the Religious Studies Department, we help you reflect and think critically about your developing faith through the study of scripture, Christian tradition, and religion and culture in today’s modern world.
Our major, minor and graduate programs include courses in scripture, historical and systematic theology, church history, moral theology, spirituality, cultural studies, and world/comparative religion. In keeping with our University’s Jesuit tradition, we focus on developing the whole person — preparing mind, body and spirit for a future of serving others and advancing the greater good.
An important part of the University Core Curriculum, our religious studies courses advance the essential values of the Gonzaga mission. The religious studies core requirement integrates the study of Christianity and Catholic traditions and courses on world or comparative religion.
A background in religious studies can lead to careers in law, counseling, education, business, health care, journalism, ministry and the administration of hospitals, schools and church communities. Recent graduates have pursued graduate studies or joined the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and the Peace Corps, as well as other social service agencies.
The academic heart of Gonzaga’s Catholic, Jesuit, humanistic liberal arts tradition lies in its core curriculum. Founded in 1887, Gonzaga offers seventy-five undergraduate majors and programs, 26 master’s degrees, one Ph.D., one D.N.P., and one Juris Doctor through the School of Law. In addition, undergraduates may participate in several distinctive academic programs to enrich academic coursework through service, leadership and community, including the Comprehensive Leadership, Hogan Entrepreneurial Leadership, Honors and Military Science Programs.