Associate's Degree

Associate in Arts General Studies

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What will I study?

An emphasis in Theology and Religious Studies will prepare you to critically engage the core questions of life. You will understand what religion is, how religions develop, and how religious believers articulate and act upon their beliefs. You will understand various influential theories of religion and respond to challenges that religious communities encounter in the contemporary world.

Further, you will gain a theological appreciation for Christian—and specifically Catholic—history and theology. Our program enables you to use the resources of theological and religious traditions to better understand and analyze contemporary questions in science, culture, ethics, and politics.

Emphasis Requirements | 15 credits

  • Any 200-level introductory TRS course (3 credits)
  • Four TRS electives (12 credits)

Is an Associate's Degree in General Studies right for me?

The Associates program is well suited for you if you desire to get a B.A. in Religious Studies at a future date but would like an intermediate degree in the meantime. This degree program is also appropriate for those already involved in ministry work and would like to get started on the process of getting a degree.

Will I have internship opportunities?

Yes, students in all programs are encouraged to complete an internship. We encourage you to speak to your advisor and the department chair about opportunities that are relevant to Theology and Religious Studies students. If you are interested in pursuing an internship, you should contact the Career Development and Placement Center for assistance in finding appropriate opportunities. Any internship for credit must also be approved in advance by the academic department.

Companies or organizations our students typically intern with:

  • Diocese of Bridgeport, various programs and offices
  • Local Catholic high schools
  • Local charities and social-advocacy organizations

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Are there special admission requirements?

No, we have an open admissions policy. Incoming first-year students, returning students, and transfer students may declare the Theology & Religious Studies concentration when you apply for admission to Sacred Heart University.

What are my career opportunities with an Associate Degree?

Careers you might pursue with this degree include religious education, lay ministry, church administration, and nonprofit sector work. When a student goes on to complete a bachelor’s degree, further options become available, such as ordination, secondary teaching, and graduate school. In addition, a concentration in Theology and Religious Studies signals to employers that your interests are broad and that you have sought out a well-rounded educational experience.

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