Religious Studies, PHD

Chairperson: Ryan Duns, S.J., Ph.D.
Department of Theology Graduate Programs website

Degree Offered

Doctor of Philosophy

Program Description

The Department of Theology offers graduate programs aimed at providing students an integrated approach to theology emphasizing the scriptural, historical, systematic, and ethical approaches to study in the Catholic and Christian religious traditions. We aim to develop scholars capable of making significant contributions to theological research and teaching a broad range of subjects in theology and religion. Our programs have prepared graduates to secure teaching positions in over 200 colleges, universities, and other educational institutions as well as for vocations in pastoral ministry and other service-oriented and non-profit organizations.

The doctor of philosophy in religious studies program leads to a terminal academic degree signifying its recipient's advanced ability to teach and conduct research in the academic specialization of his or her choosing. Options for specialization include Judaism and Christianity in Antiquity, Historical Theology, Systematics Theology, Theological Ethics, and the interdisciplinary specialization in Theology and Society (which includes a Healthcare Mission and Ethics track).