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  

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

Can the Laity Help Save the Church?: A Panel Discussion

February 21, 2019

Sacred Heart University will host “Can the Laity Help Save the Church?: A Panel Discussion” on Saturday, March 23, 8:30 a.m – 1 p.m. at the West Campus Guest House, 3135 Easton Turnpike, Fairfield. The keynote address will be presented by Michael W. Higgins, distinguished professor of Catholic thought at Sacred Heart University. The event moderator will be Nancy A. Dallavalle associate professor of religious studies at Fairfield University. Admission fee is $15. To register, visit

Sacred Heart Lecture Gives Historical Insights on Church Crisis

February 8, 2019

The Rev. John O’Malley, S.J., doesn’t claim to know how the sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church will be resolved. But the Georgetown University theology professor, one of the premier Catholic intellectuals of modern times, came to Sacred Heart University Feb. 6 to offer a bird’s-eye view of how the Church found itself in crisis and how it might find its way out.

Sacred Heart University Welcomes Fr. James Martin, LGBT Community

February 1, 2019

No amount of hate mail or angry protesters could stop Sacred Heart University and the Rev. James Martin, S.J., from sharing a message of respect for the LGBT community. Martin, a Jesuit priest, editor-at-large at America magazine, author and consultant to the Vatican’s dicastery for communication, spoke to hundreds of the University’s students, faculty, staff and community members in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit in late January. His message: show respect and welcome LGBT people to the Church.