Welcome to the Theology and Religious Studies Department

  • Social Justice Oriented, addressing the experiences and realities of oppressed peoples and the integral relationship between religion and social justice in local and global contexts.
  • Intellectual, contributing to students' intellectual growth by helping them develop the skills and knowledge to engage critically and effectively with the multi-religious dimensions of human life. 
  • Catholic and Jesuit, emphasizing an in-depth study of the Catholic tradition in dialogue with other religious and secular perspectives, in keeping with the Jesuit, Catholic commitment of Seattle University. 
  • Ecumenical and Interreligious, exploring the internal diversity within Christianity and other religious traditions. 

Specialization in Christian Theology

The Christian Theology specialization offers students an opportunity to explore the beliefs, texts, practices, and ethics of the Christian tradition from an in-depth, theological perspective.



Specialization in Comparative Religion

If students want to study religions such as Judaism, Islam, and Buddhism in addition to Christianity, they may choose to specialize in Comparative Religion in which they examine these traditions in themselves or in dialogue with each other.



Departmental Honors

The honors major in theology and religious studies offers an opportunity for motivated and capable students to engage in more extensive interaction with faculty and to complete challenging individual research projects that will further their personal and professional goals.


THRS Minor

In order to earn a minor in theology and religious studies, students must complete 30 credits in Theology and Religious Studies (THRS). This total includes the Core (UCOR) requirements of UCOR 2100 Theological Explorations and UCOR 3100 Religion in a Global Context. Although UCOR courses do not count toward the major in THRS, they do count toward the minor.


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