Academic Building, HC135
5151 Park Avenue
Fairfield, CT 06825
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
- Christel 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.
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.
Scholars Gather to Discuss Religious Texts and Dialogue in the 21st Century
February 26, 2016
FAIRFIELD, Conn.—Spiritual scholars gathered at Sacred Heart University recently to explore the importance of dialogue among leaders of various religions in the 21st century in a panel discussion titled “Jewish, Christian, Muslim Conversation: Sacred Texts that Unite and Divide.”
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.