Philosophy, Theology & Religious Studies

Department Location

Academic Building, HC135
5151 Park Avenue
Fairfield, CT 06825

Department Chair

Christopher Kelly, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Contact Us

Tel: 203-371-7730
Fax: 203-371-7731 
religiousstudies@sacredheart.edu  

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 News

Seminars in Catholic Intellectual Tradition Explore Humanity, Personal Growth

December 7, 2017

As a Catholic institution of higher learning, Sacred Heart University is charged with overseeing students’ academic and personal growth, as well as professional and spiritual development. Striving for a strong ethical and moral foundation grounded in the humanities and liberal arts is part of that charter.

Professor Receives Templeton Foundation Grant

November 27, 2017

It’s a simple question but, strangely, no one seems to have asked: How do the non-religious make sense of life in the face of death and dying? So, Professor Christel Manning is asking it, through the support of a grant from the John Templeton Foundation managed by the University of Kent. “In my first database research session on the subject, I typed in ‘religion and aging’ and got more than 1,000 results,” says Manning, who teaches religious studies at Sacred Heart. When she searched “atheism and aging,” she had “only two” results. Her searches showed disparities were similar across all facets of mortality.

Professor Co-Writes New Book on Organized Secularism in the U.S.

November 20, 2017

Christel J. Manning, professor of religious studies at Sacred Heart University, has co-written a new book, Organized Secularism in the United States: New Directions in Research, which published Nov. 7. It addresses the social movement of nonreligious people who advocate for equal treatment in a nation where the majority observe religious teachings and traditions.