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Religious Studies

Bachelor of Arts

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.
Religious Studies

Program Details

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.

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Classes You'll Take

Admission to Clarke University

Applicants are considered on an individual basis. Apply to Clarke today to begin your journey.

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Meet Our Faculty

When our graduates speak about the Clarke moments that helped shape them, there’s always a professor in the story. That’s because being a faculty member at Clarke University requires a deep passion for educating, encouraging, and empowering students. Here, your professors will know your name. They will push you to develop your full potential, and then they’ll ask for more. And, they’ll be right there to congratulate you when you exceed even your own expectations. Often, it’s a relationship that lasts a lifetime.

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Paulette Skiba, Ph.D.

Paulette Skiba, Ph.D.

Chair and Professor of Religious Studies

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.

William Gregory, Ph.D.

William Gregory, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Religious Studies

Knowledge has a power of its own to transform lives and open up the world anew. I simply aspire to be a messenger.

Susanna Cantu Gregory, Ph.D.

Susanna Cantu Gregory, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

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.

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Our Students & Alumni

Erin Daly

Erin Daly

Religious Studies ‘13

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.

Cecilia Bean

Cecilia Bean

‘20

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.

Mileva Gacanich

Mileva Gacanich

Biochemistry and Math ‘16

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.


21st century

This degree gives students new perspectives that translate into job advantage, graduate school, and preparation for living courageously in the 21st century.

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Personal attention

The one-to-one learning that happens at Clarke means students succeed at securing internships and career opportunities.

USCCB

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.

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