Theology and Religious Studies

The Department of Theology and Religious Studies at St. John's University has its roots in Catholic tradition and is committed to exploring the breadth and depth of theological knowledge. The department offers courses which span the range of theological thought and provide a context for ecumenical dialogue and study.
 
As a University department, Theology and Religious Studies is committed to academic excellence among its faculty and students. The faculty is nationally and internationally known in the areas of church history, interfaith studies, moral theology, contemporary systematic theology, liturgy, pastoral theology, catechetical ministry, and scripture and draws its educational background from outstanding universities in the United States and abroad. Furthermore, members of the faculty are prominent in professional activities, having been published in a variety of scholarly journals. They have served as presidents of professional societies, as advisors to the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, as editors of professional journals, and as members of seminary and university Boards of Trustees.
 
In addition to being widely known, the St. John's faculty cares deeply about its students and is pledged to teaching as well as research. Classes allow for a lively exchange between faculty and students, and dialogue is encouraged. At St. John's, a commitment to research is matched by a commitment to high quality instruction.
 
St. John's students in Theology and Religious Studies represent various faith perspectives and nationalities and pursue an outstanding theological education in order to achieve their goals. Some are considering teaching careers, and others may enter the ministry. Some of our students are professionals in theology and return to St. John's to further their knowledge. As a group, St. John's students are dedicated, interesting, and ready to share their knowledge and expertise with their fellow students. Many of them hold full-time jobs in religious organizations and institutions or volunteer as ministers in their church communities. This rich and varied student body provides stimulation and thought-provoking conversation in classes, colloquia, and public lectures.

Our programs offer flexible scheduling, a wide variety of faculty and courses, and a fascinating student body, all set in New York City, where unique educational opportunities are available to all.
 
In addition to the Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts programs, the Department of Theology and Religious Studies also offers an intensive, accelerated, dual degree program leading to both the B.A. and M.A. degrees in five years of full-time study.

Department Contacts

Christopher P. Vogt, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair
St.John Hall, Room B26
718-990-6467
[email protected]

Michael Dempsey, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Assistant Chair
St. John Hall, Room B20
718-990-5423
[email protected]

Theology and Religious Studies Minors

The Department of Theology and Religious Studies offers the following minors for undergraduate students who wish to supplement their major fields of study. The following minors are open to all St. John’s undergraduates, but are especially beneficial to students majoring in: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Studies, Legal Studies, Government and Politics, Business Administration, English, History, Education, and Philosophy.

The minor in Interfaith Studies requires the completion of 18 credits within the department.

Students in the minor must satisfy the Theology core requirements determined by their college (nine credits):

  • THE 1000C Perspectives on Christianity: A Catholic Approach
  • THE 2000-level course required by your college:
    • St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: Any 2000-level Theology and Religious Studies course
    • School of Education: THE 2200 The Mystery of Triune God
    • The Peter J. Tobin College of Business (choose one):
      • THE 2200 The Mystery of Triune God
      • THE 2205 Jesus in Christian Faith
      • THE 2210 Perspectives on the Church
      • THE 2215 Christian Worship and Sacraments
      • THE 2300 Introduction to Christian Ethics
      • THE 2320 Introduction to Catholic Social Teaching
      • THE 2400 Christian Spirituality and Mysticism
      • THE 2501; 2502 History of Christian Theology I; II
    • College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences: Any 2000-level Theology and Religious Studies course
    • College of Professional Studies: THE 2300 Introduction to Christian Ethics
  • The 3000-level Theology and Religious Studies course required by your major or college:
    • St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: Any 3000-level Theology and Religious Studies course
    • School of Education: THE 3400 Spirituality of the Educator
    • The Peter J. Tobin College of Business: THE 3305 Moral Theology of the Marketplace
    • College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences: THE 3300 Moral Theology of Healthcare
    • College of Professional Studies: Any 3000-level Theology and Religious Studies course

In addition, students must choose three elective courses from among the following (nine credits), under departmental advisement:

  • THE 2700 Introduction to Eastern Orthodoxy
  • THE 2710 Introduction to Protestantism
  • THE 2810 Introduction to World Religions
  • THE 2820 Introduction to Judaism
  • THE 2830 Introduction to Hinduism
  • THE 2840 Introduction to Buddhism
  • THE 2850 Introduction to Islam

The minor in Theology and Religious Studies requires the completion of 18 credits within the department.

Students in the minor must satisfy the Theology core requirements determined by their college (nine credits):

  • THE 1000C Perspectives on Christianity: A Catholic Approach
  • THE 2000-level course required by your college:
    • St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: Any 2000-level Theology and Religious Studies course
    • School of Education: THE 2200 The Mystery of Triune God
    • The Peter J. Tobin College of Business (choose one):
      • THE 2200 The Mystery of Triune God
      • THE 2205 Jesus in Christian Faith
      • THE 2210 Perspectives on the Church
      • THE 2215 Christian Worship and Sacraments
      • THE 2300 Introduction to Christian Ethics
      • THE 2320 Introduction to Catholic Social Teaching
      • THE 2400 Christian Spirituality and Mysticism
      • THE 2501; 2502 History of Christian Theology I; II
    • College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences: Any 2000-level Theology and Religious Studies course
    • College of Professional Studies: THE 2300 Introduction to Christian Ethics
  • The 3000-level Theology and Religious Studies course required by your major or college:
    • St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: Any 3000-level Theology and Religious Studies course
    • School of Education: THE 3400 Spirituality of the Educator
    • The Peter J. Tobin College of Business: THE 3305 Moral Theology of the Marketplace
    • College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences: THE 3300 Moral Theology of Healthcare
    • College of Professional Studies: Any 3000-level Theology and Religious Studies course

Students must choose the remaining nine credits from among department electives, chosen in consultation with an advisor.