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 
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 Department News

  • Appalachian Trail HikeChristel Manning’s book from NYU Press, Losing Our Religion: How Unaffiliated Parents are Raising their Children, was named a 'Top Ten Most Influential Books of 2015’.‌
  • Over Labor Day weekend, as part of the programming for the Freshman Welcome Week, Philosophy professors, Dr. Andrew Pierce and Dr. Gordon Purves guided 18 freshman on a day trip to hike a small section of the Appalachian Trail. Inspired in part by Cheryl Strayed's book Wild, the selection for the freshman summer reading, the trip offered students the opportunity to reflect on ideas of nature, wilderness, beauty, and responsibility in the majestic setting of Housatonic Meadows State Park in northwestern Connecticut.

Students Place in Top Four at Ethics Bowl

November 25, 2015

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – After much practice and hard work, students in Sacred Heart University’s Ethics Bowl debate team placed in the top four at the Northeast Regional Ethics Bowl Competition (NEREB) held earlier this month at St. Joseph’s College in New York. The Bowl took place at Sacred Heart the previous three years. Twenty-six teams from colleges such as Tufts University, Dartmouth College, Villanova University, West Point, Colgate University, Marist College and Manhattan College participated in the NEREB. The bowl involves moderators asking teams questions on a variety of topics that pose ethical dilemmas. Judges then rate teams based on their responses.

Sacred Heart Commemorates Kristallnacht

November 13, 2015

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – More than a hundred students, faculty and guests remembered Kristallnacht at an annual commemoration ceremony at Sacred Heart University November 11 at the Chapel of the Holy Spirit. The cloudy, rainy day set the tone for the somber topic of Kristallnacht, also known as the Night of Broken Glass, when 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, schools and synagogues, littering glass in the streets. The violence resulted in death, arrests and the beginning stages of the Holocaust.

Tina Beattie Spotlights Altarpiece in Closing Curtis Lecture

October 20, 2015

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Thursday night, Tina Beattie, director of the Digby Stuart Research Centre for Religion, Society and Human Flourishing at the University of Roehampton, London, England, delivered the third in a series of talks presented on consecutive evenings. Beattie who was tapped to be the inaugural speaker for what will be the University’s biannual Curtis Lecture Series, presented under the theme “Sacramental Engenderings.” She covered maternal theological reflections on dignity, rights and vulnerability in the context of the sacrament of creation. She was introduced by SHU’s Michael W. Higgins, vice president for Mission and Catholic Identity.