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

Annual Nouwen Lecture Will Feature Talk on Spirituality and Art

February 25, 2015

Fairfield, Conn. - Sacred Heart University’s 2015 Henri J.M. Nouwen Lecture in Contemporary Spirituality will feature Stephanie McKenzie discussing “Spirituality and Art: Emily Carr and Van Gogh.”McKenzie is a poet, editor and professor at the Grenfell Campus of Memorial University in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. This event will take place in the Schine Auditorium on SHU’s Fairfield campus on Wednesday, March 18, at 7:30 p.m. The talk is sponsored by the Office of Mission and Catholic Identity – it is free and open to the public. Please contact Funda Alp at 203-396-8241 or for further information.

Students Go to the Mat in Northeast Regional Ethics Bowl

December 10, 2014

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sitting across from their opponents and trying to out-strategize them while impressing a trio of judges, two teams of five Sacred Heart University students each battled it out in the 2014 Northeast Regional Ethics Bowl (NEREB) competition. The event, which was hosted by SHU for the third consecutive year, took place Saturday, December 6.

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.