Philosophy, Theology & Religious Studies

Department Location

Academic Building, HC135
5151 Park Avenue
Fairfield, CT 06825

Department Chair

Brian Stiltner, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Contact Us

Tel: 203-371-7730
Fax: 203-371-7731  

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

SHU Hosts Northeast Regional Ethics Bowl

December 2, 2013

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – More than 180 undergraduate students. Fifty-two judges and moderators. Twenty-six teams. Nineteen different schools. Nearly 10 hours of competition. Three regular rounds plus a quarter-final, semi-final and final round. Two cases per team. The logistics associated with the Northeast Regional Ethics Bowl alone could make your head swim, not to mention the challenging philosophical conundrums put into play and the subject of much debate. In the end, a team from Providence College, led by Assistant Philosophy Professors Raymond Hain and Patrick MacFarlane, claimed victory over a feisty group from Schenectady, New York’s Union College.

SHUsquare to Enhance Teaching and Learning Across Disciplines

September 26, 2013

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sacred Heart University’s SHUsquare website made its official debut on September 10 at a meeting attended by first-year students and faculty in the Fairfield campus’ Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts. Marie Hulme, an English instructor and director of SHUsquare, which has been described as a “Virtual Public Square,” introduced the new and exciting initiative. She told the audience that SHUsquare is “a social media platform that allows students and faculty to keep conversations going beyond the classroom and a place of intellectual connectivity.”

SHU Turns to God in Third Colloquium of “Reflecting on Sandy Hook” Series

April 17, 2013

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – On Wednesday, April 10, Sacred Heart University’s Human Journey Colloquia program sponsored the third of a four-part series, “Reflecting on Sandy Hook.” The discussion focused on the need to understand God’s role when tragedy occurs. Moderated by Professor June-Ann Greeley, the event featured four panelists: Anthony Ciorra, a Roman Catholic priest since 1973; David Coppola, adjunct for the Department of Theology and Religious Studies with a background in pastoral care and counseling; Wayne Detzler, ordained minister affiliated with the United Church of Christ; and Suri Krieger, a rabbi representing liberal reformed Judaism.