Religious Studies at Detroit Mercy
Religion is a fundamental aspect of the human experience. By studying religion, we develop an understanding of religious and cultural pluralism–important aspects for our global world. Detroit Mercy’s Religious Studies Department is rooted in the context of the Jesuit and Mercy traditions and encourages the academic study of religion in a spirit of free intellectual inquiry.
“Religious Studies” is an umbrella designation covering multiple disciplines and various traditions. In terms of religious traditions, Religious Studies generally includes the study of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hindu traditions, Jainism, Sikhism, Buddhism, Daoism, Confucianism, Shinto and more. In terms of disciplines, literary, historical, philosophical, linguistic, psychological, sociological, anthropological, and theological methods are used. The common element is the study of human activities and ideas influenced by and influencing religious traditions.