Religious StudiesReligion is a significant force in the contemporary world. It motivates human ideas and behaviors, shaping societies and cultures for both good and ill.
By exploring the big questions of religion – questions of origin, purpose and ultimate destiny – you come to understand people, their inspirations and their struggles. You also equip yourself to think critically about current events and the complexities of global diversity and the human situation.
At St. Norbert College, you can earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in religious studies. You may add a youth ministry emphasis if you choose. Or you can complete six courses of the curriculum to earn one of two minors:
- Religious studies
- Liturgical studies
Religion touches many aspects of life. Studying religion is, therefore, quite practical, and need require neither personal piety nor an interest in ministry. Thinking critically about religion enriches you personally and broadens your capabilities for graduate study or any number of professions:
- Lay minister
- Social services agent
- Business manager
- Nonprofit administrator
- Church camp director
- International relations specialist
- Community organizer
- Child welfare worker
- Conflict resolution specialist
Each year religious studies students take educational trips to places like Rome, Israel, Ireland, Washington and New York. The religious studies department partially funds these trips.
You also may get involved in campus ministry at St. Norbert College. In addition, every Wednesday you can observe Sacred Hour, a time of individual or communal reflection and spiritual nourishment.
St. Norbert College also has a chapter of Theta Alpha Kappa, the national honor society for religious studies and theology, through which you can deepen your understanding of religion. Another way is through the college’s study abroad program, which exposes you to different religious practices and perspectives.
Thomas Bolin, associate professor of religious studies at St. Norbert College, has published a new book, “Ezra, Nehemiah.” This book is part of the New Collegeville Bible Commentary series. The books of Ezra and Nehemiah relate the return of the Jewish exiles from Babylon during the rule of the early Persian kings. Bolin’s commentary demonstrates that Ezra and Nehemiah offer a compelling story of the Jewish people’s attempt to reassemble the fragments of their heritage as they face the future in a greatly changed world.