I try to create a space in the classroom where students are free to grapple honestly with the central questions of meaning, purpose, and God.
With its global experience and faculty commitment to mission and evangelization, this Clarke University program is distinctive from other religious studies programs in the country. Spirituality shapes our mission and identity as each student is invited to deepen their spiritual values and understanding of vocation. As the only BVM university in this country, religious studies at Clarke University highlights a 180-year history of Catholic women religious and their associates witnessing to their faith as rooted in BVM core values. Religious studies at Clarke University serves the Church and attends to marginalized and vulnerable populations, from the local community to the wider world. Raising social consciousness, reflecting on the Catholic social tradition, and acting for justice is integral to the student experience. Whether studying solely in the religious studies major or in combination with another major discipline, a Clarke University religious studies degree gives students new perspectives that translate into job advantage, graduate school, enrichment, and preparation for living thoughtfully and courageously in the 21st century.
Working with advisors in religious studies and another department (psychology, music, nursing, or sociology) and taking a selection of courses in both disciplines, students craft individualized learning plans.
MINISTRY TRACKS (for religious studies majors or minors)
- Youth Ministry
Can you see yourself as a youth minister in a parish, congregation, or school setting? Combine religious studies with psychology.
- Music Ministry
Are you a music major considering future work as a choir director or liturgist? Study music and religious studies.
- Health Care Ministry
Are you a student who would like to serve patients in a holistic and faith-filled way? Combine you major in nursing with religious studies.
- Social Work & Faith-Based Service
Do you feel called to be a social worker in a faith-based or nonprofit setting? Combine your major in social work with religious studies.
- Spirituality & Leadership Track
Deepen your faith with any major with five additional courses.
The religious studies program at Clarke University prepares students to explore the spiritual dimensions of human existence and think critically about the connections between faith and life in our world today. This spiritual search for meaning, grounded in the teachings of the Catholic tradition, investigates Christian theology and concepts of God, relates an understanding of contemporary biblical scholarship and Christian faith, and explores the ethical and social responsibilities of Christians living in a global community. Students learn how theological inquiry, discernment, and other spiritual practices are foundational to exercising personal leadership, ministry, and living out one’s own vocation. Students come to see that their life and actions stand as a continual witness to shape a more just and peaceful world.
Admission to Clarke University
Applicants are considered on an individual basis. Apply to Clarke today to begin your journey.
Program in Pictures
Knowledge has a power of its own to transform lives and open up the world anew. I simply aspire to be a messenger.
I aim for students to sense their own memories, convictions, questions, and contexts are not only welcome but crucial sources for dialogue in a Religious Studies classroom.
The Classroom and Beyond
Our Students & Alumni
I learned a lot about not just my faith, but the spiritual quest for Truth that lies in every human heart. I definitely owe much of my love of diving into my faith to my time at Clarke.
I love the way that the religious studies professors really want to see me succeed and are willing to jump over mountains with me to get there. I know I will achieve my goal to be a missionary overseas.
Through my experience at Antioch, I have really learned a lot about myself both spiritually and fundamentally, and I believe that this knowledge plays a role in my day-to-day life.
This degree gives students new perspectives that translate into job advantage, graduate school, and preparation for living courageously in the 21st century.
The one-to-one learning that happens at Clarke means students succeed at securing internships and career opportunities.
We are aligned with the USCCB national certification standards in lay ministry and prepare students for work in parish ministries, educational institutions, social justice agencies, and charities.