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Fairfield, CT 06825
The Department of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies offers courses and programs of study that explore important and enduring questions of meaning—questions that human beings throughout the centuries and in every culture have asked. We propose that a student cannot call himself or herself educated without having wrestled honestly with these critical questions. Therefore, we invite you the student, who is studying at Sacred Heart University in order to receive a liberal education, not only to take your core courses in Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies with an open and critical mind, but to take a look at our major, minor, concentration, and study abroad programs. Any of our faculty will be happy to talk to you about these opportunities.
Latest Department News
- Over Labor Day weekend, as part of the programming for the Freshman Welcome Week, Philosophy professors, Dr. Andrew Pierce and Dr. Gordon Purves guided 18 freshman on a day trip to hike a small section of the Appalachian Trail. Inspired in part by Cheryl Strayed's book Wild, the selection for the freshman summer reading, the trip offered students the opportunity to reflect on ideas of nature, wilderness, beauty, and responsibility in the majestic setting of Housatonic Meadows State Park in northwestern Connecticut.
- New Britain Herald: Kathleen Welch, M.A. Religious Studies graduate, named Connecticut History Teacher of the Year 2014
- Flickr: Dr. June-Ann Greeley introduces the SHU Graduate Commencement Keynote speaker and Honorary Degree recipient, Sr. Kathleen Deignan ’71
CIT Seminar Committee Members Present Panel in Amsterdam
September 16, 2015
Fairfield, Conn. - On September 12, Catholic Intellectual Tradition (CIT) Seminar committee members June-Ann Greeley (religious studies), Nathan Lewis (art & design) and Joe Nagy (English) presented a panel entitled "The Timeless "Comedy" of Life: Dante's Divine Comedy as a Vade Mecum for the Contemporary Student" at the Liberal Arts and Sciences Education and Core Texts in the European Context Conference at Amsterdam University College in the Netherlands. Greeley and Nagy are piloting the CIT I Seminar this fall and all three were part of the committee to develop the CIT I & II Seminars for the new Core Curriculum. The CIT Seminar is part of the course of study for SHU’s new Department of Catholic Studies.
New Department of Catholic Studies Announced
August 27, 2015
FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sacred Heart University has announced the formation of a Department of Catholic Studies, the goal of which is to administer a key component of the University’s core curriculum, the seminars in the Catholic intellectual tradition, as well as an interdisciplinary minor in Catholic studies.
Professor Greeley: We Need to Go Beyond Tolerance and Engage in Interfaith Dialogue
July 29, 2015
FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sacred Heart University Professor June-Ann Greeley recently returned from a week-long seminar at Boston College that focused on ways of thinking about religion in the public square. Greeley was one of just 25 selected from around the country to participate in this groundbreaking seminar that was a collaboration of Boston College, the Council of Independent Colleges and the Interfaith Youth Council.