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

Kristallnacht Remembered at Moving Commemoration

November 11, 2016

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Students, faculty, staff and community members remembered Kristallnacht at Sacred Heart University’s annual commemoration ceremony November 9 at the Chapel of the Holy Spirit. The cloudy, damp day set the mood for the topic of Kristallnacht, also known as the Night of Broken Glass, when 78 years ago, Jews living in Germany encountered violence and destruction from the Nazi regime on the night of Nov. 9, 1938. Nazis broke the windows of Jewish businesses, school and synagogues, littering glass in the streets. The violence resulted in death, arrests and the beginning stages of the Holocaust.

Catholic Scholar Promotes Female Deacons During Talk

October 22, 2016

FAIRFIELD, Conn.—There are encouraging signs that women eventually may have more significant roles in their parishes, according to Catholic scholar Phyllis Zagano, who discussed the possibility at Sacred Heart University recently. Zagano is at the forefront of that potential change; she has been appointed to a papal commission set to meet in Rome later this year to address the topic.

Ethics Bowl Debate Team Competes in National Competition

March 3, 2016

FAIRFIELD, Conn.— Sacred Heart University’s Ethics Bowl debate team recently put their skills to the test in the 20th Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl Competition in Virginia. After placing in the top four in a regional bowl last fall, the team, led by professors Ono Ekeh and Gordon Purves, headed to the national competition in Reston, Va., just outside Washington, D.C. In Ethics Bowl debates, moderators question teams on various topics that pose ethical dilemmas. Judges then rate teams based on their responses. Sacred Heart’s team practiced and prepared, but ultimately did not place in the national competition.