Academic Programs of Study

Religious Studies


  • Introduction to several different religious traditions
  • Great compliment to a variety of majors
  • Only 18 credits required! 

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Melinda Krokus, MA., Ph.D
Courses: Modern Belief Exploring Asian Religions Women and Religion Health and Healing in the World's Spiritual Traditions Peacemaking: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam Spirit and Nature: Why the environment is a religious issue

Sr. Mary Ann Zimmer, N.D., Ph.D.
Courses: Modern Belief (RST 112), Introduction to the Bible (RST 201), Jesus and the Gospels (RST 204)
Sr. Maria Rose Kelly, I.H.M., M.A.
Courses: Modern Belief (RST 112). Christian Marriage (RST 421), Sacraments in Practice (RST 425), Women and Religion (RST 434)
Sr. John Michele Southwick, I.H.M., M.A.
Courses: International Service Program (RST 447)
This is just a sample of our Religious Studies faculty - see them all!

Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation

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Minor in Religious Studies

For the minor in Religious Studies, 18 credit hours are required, nine of which must be earned at Marywood. Transferred credits are applied to the minor with department approval. The suggested course of study for minors includes:

RST 112 Modern Belief
RST 340 Seminar: Religion and Education
RST 342 Seminar: Church Ministry

In addition, 12 credit hours in Religious Studies electives are required.

A Religious Studies minor can be combined effectively with a major in many other fields (e.g., psychology, music, social work, etc.).

CAPSTONE REQUIREMENT: Because the ability to integrate interdisciplinary resources is essential to the program, a capstone paper is required in the last course the student takes to meet the program requirements. The parameters of this capstone paper will be negotiated by the student to the satisfaction of the course professor at the beginning of the course.