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College of Arts and Sciences
Theology and Religious Studies

Theology and Religious Studies Department

The Theology and Religious Studies Department contributes to students’ intellectual growth by helping them develop the skills and knowledge to engage critically and effectively with the multi-religious dimensions of human life. Students approach the study of Theology and Religious Studies in an integrated manner where they are introduced to multiple aspects of religion such as beliefs, faith, rituals, ethics, spirituality, and sacred texts.

In keeping with the Jesuit, Catholic commitment of Seattle University, the Theology and Religious Studies department emphasizes an in depth study of the Catholic tradition in dialogue with other religious and secular perspectives. In addition, students study the internal diversity within Christianity and other religious traditions such as Judaism, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism. Theology and Religious Studies at Seattle University addresses the experiences and realities of oppressed peoples and the integral relationship between religion and social justice in local and global contexts.

The curriculum of the department of Theology and Religious Studies invites students to reflect upon their own experiences and questions about ultimate reality and provides the skills and understandings that the academic discipline offers to address such experiences and questions.

Students need not practice or identify with a particular religious tradition in order to grasp its central ideas and engage in the process of critical reflection that reinterprets tradition and discerns its values. The department invites all to join in exploring questions that are fundamental in human life and deserving of attention by each student as part of a Jesuit education.

Degrees offered:
BA, specialization in Christian Theology
BA, specialization in Comparative Religion

News and Events


Theology and Religious Studies Professor Pat Kelly, S.J. is featured in "The Spiritual Significance in Sports." Fr. Kelly has written extensively on sports and Catholicism. In the NW Catholic magazine here.

Theology and Religious Studies Professor Wes Howard-Brook published "Empire Baptized: How the Church Embraced What Jesus Rejected," which focuses on how Christianity became a religion of empire during the 2nd to 5th centuries. More here.


Dr. Gordon kicks off a series of events on women’s leadership in higher education in her presentation "Jesuit Higher Education and the Challenge of Gender" on October 6. More here.