Religious Studies

Religion is a major force in shaping cultures and societies, as well as behavior and beliefs. Fontbonne’s religious studies program provides a critical examination of religion and a broad background in the liberal arts. This program is open to anyone interested in the religious and philosophical aspects of the human experience, as well as art, history, sociology, politics, literature and ethics.

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Religious Studies Program Highlights

  • A sophisticated education in the major world religions, especially Christianity, and how they have affected human culture throughout time
  • Exploration of both Western and Eastern religious traditions.
  • Access to upper-level courses in religion and/or philosophy at St. Louis University
  • Accelerated access to graduate education at Aquinas Institute of Theology

Preparation for graduate school in religion and theology

Accelerate your path to graduate school and earn undergraduate and graduate credit at the same time! An agreement with Aquinas Institute of Theology will help you smoothly transition into a graduate program as you complete your undergraduate degree in religious studies.

Career Opportunities

  • Campus Minister
  • Religious Educator
  • Chaplain

In-Field Learning Experiences

  • International Institute internship
  • Local presentations/conferences on the pontificate of John Paul II
  • Presentation on the juncture of theology and ecology

Alumni in the Workforce

  • Campus Minister, St. Joseph’s Academy
  • Graduate programs in theology, at Saint Louis University, Aquinas
  • Institute of Theology, Augustine Institute in Denver
  • Washington University graduate program in religion
  • Children’s ministry
  • Master’s in Social Work (MSW) at St. Louis University

Religious Studies Course Samples

  • REL 210

    Hebrew Bible

    3 credits

    An exploration of the rich heritage to be found In the Pentateuch, the Histories, the Prophets, and Wisdom Literature. An introduction to the many dimensions of Scripture scholarship: history of religions, archeology, literary criticism, theology.

  • REL 220

    New Testament Studies

    3 credits

    A critical introduction to the Gospels in light of contemporary Scripture scholarship; a study of the Christ and His teachings.

  • REL 225

    World Religions

    3 credits

    A study of major living faiths other than Christianity: Primal religions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Islam, and Judaism.

Religious Studies Career Opportunities

Contact Us

Questions? Contact our Office of Admission: 314-889-1400 or 1-800-205-5862 | fbyou@fontbonne.edu