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. With Fontbonne’s Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies, you’ll get a sophisticated education in the major world religions, especially Christianity, and how they have affected human culture throughout time.

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Religious Studies Program Highlights

  • Small class sizes
  • Exploration of both Western and Eastern cultures
  • Added diversity of upper-level courses through agreement with St. Louis University
  • Secondary teacher certification available
  • Development of both oral and written communication skills
  • Preparation for graduate school
  • Continue on to grad school through agreement with Aquinas Institute of Theology

Recent Internships/Presentations

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

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.

Fontbonne University’s Religious Studies Graduate Successes

  • Saint Louis University graduate program in theology
  • Aquinas Institute of Theology graduate program in theology

Religious Studies Career Opportunities

Contact Us

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