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Religious Studies

Study religious experience, expression and thought

The mission of the Department of Religious Studies is to discover, explore, and analyze religious experience in its various manifestations emphasizing the Roman Catholic tradition, in dialogue with the other Christian traditions and with the world religions.

Marian Studies

The International Marian Research Institute (IMRI) is no longer offering pontifical degrees and has transitioned to its new home in the College of Arts and Sciences. Faculty from former IMRI programs and the Department of Religious Studies have collaborated to create new offerings in Marian Studies. 

Visit the Marian Studies page more information.
Scholarships for Master of Arts Students

Students enrolled in our Master of Arts programs are encouraged to apply for three scholarship opportunities:

  • Patrick J. Tonry, S.M. Scholarship for the Advancement of Women in Ministry
  • Sisters of the Precious Blood Scholarship
  • Thomas M. Martin Memorial Scholarship Fund
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What career choices are there for students of religious studies and theology?
Our faculty and students are engaged.

Faculty from our department recently discussed petitionary prayer with students in a far-ranging conversation about the relationship between prayer and work for justice, human freedom and God's action, and providence and history, with a special shout-out to Doctor Who mixed in. This event was led by Dr. Kelly Johnson, Fr. William J. Ferree Chair of Social Justice.

Visit the Website of the Fr. William J. Ferree Chair of Social Justice >

Daily Inspiration and Online Learning

Sister Angela Ann Zukowski, Professor in the Department of Religious Studies and Director of the Institute for Pastoral Initiatives, offers a weekly inspirational video through Campus News Digest, the e-newsletter for the University of Dayton community. The videos offer you a brief moment for liberating your mind and experiencing inner communion with the Divine.

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In the News
Students and Campus Life 02.19.24

UD senior biology major Rihanna Domingos’ research project explores the long term impact of harmful chemicals.

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Faith/Mission 02.13.24

UD theologian Nicholas Rademacher was honored for his role as co-editor of the journal, American Catholic Studies.

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