Department of Religious Studies
Department overview • Religious studies (M., m.)
Religious studies investigates the experiences and meanings
of humanity's deepest questions:
- What is my place in this world?
- Who am I becoming?
- Is there something greater than myself?
By examining the sacred writings and practices of the world's
faith traditions, the faculty members of the Religious Studies
Department endeavor to transform students into religiously
literate citizens of the world - individuals who are sensitive
to the complex role that religion plays in the social, economic
and political systems of local and global communities. Students
are encouraged to cultivate critical thinking skills and an
interdisciplinary mindset while embracing a spirit of
hospitality and compassion.
In addition to core religious studies courses, Saint Martin's
offers a yearly Spiritual Life
Institute. This accredited five-day summer intensive
provides students with access to scholars from around the world
and covers such diverse subjects as sports as religion,
interfaith dialogue and the Dead Sea Scrolls.