Majors and Areas of Study
Religion is the overarching framework that guides our actions and answers our deepest yearnings. At Thiel, the study of religion incorporates an examination of the rich theological heritage of the Judeo-Christian tradition as well as the examination of the diversity of religious belief and practice across the globe.
While many religion majors seek careers in the ministry or parish education, the study of religion can be an important component of personal growth and preparation. Whether you want to understand your own faith tradition or prepare for a future that increasingly requires knowledge of global cultures, a religion major or minor will provide insights and experiences that will extend far beyond the classroom.
The purpose of the Department of Religion is to provide the student with an academic understanding of the religious experience of humankind. This purpose is fulfilled through
courses which are designed:
1. to familiarize the student with the biblical writings of the Jewish and Christian
2. to interpret the nature of religious experience, especially Christian;
3. to introduce the student to the chief persons, works and movements in the history
of Christianity; and
4. to show the interrelatedness of religion and culture.
The department offers majors in religion and parish education and minors in religion,
parish education and pre-ministry. The first of these is a general liberal arts major
suitable for any student interested in such a liberal arts background. All three provide
students greater depth in the fields and opportunities to prepare for a professional
career or graduate study.