In keeping with the University's mission, the Department of Religious Studies has a twofold mission: to acquaint all students with the Roman Catholic tradition within the broader religious and global context in which they live, and to expose all students to the multidimensional and interdisciplinary methods utilized within the field of religious studies.


Since the University of the Incarnate Word is a Roman Catholic University, the Department believes it is necessary to provide the general student body with an opportunity to understand this tradition as well as situate it in the larger context of other religious traditions and the broader cultural context in which they live. We believe our students must come to terms with the fact of diversity, both religious and cultural. Introductory and intermediate department courses are designed to help them achieve these goals.

The field of religious studies is multidimensional and interdisciplinary. Students interested in majoring in religious studies must be familiar with a variety of dimensions of the field and be acquainted with a number of critical methodologies applicable to the study. Knowledge of both areas provides an academic foundation for advanced study in religious studies. Advanced courses are designed to help the fulfill these goals.