Religious Studies students are taught to think creatively and critically about human existence, meaning, and the nature of reality with the goal of acquiring an increased capacity for logical analysis, an appreciation of values, deepened self-knowledge, and an understanding and enjoyment of diverse ideas and systems.

In addition to courses that explore Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, and other religious traditions, Daemen’s religious studies program offers innovative classes that investigate compelling topics such as the Holocaust and health care in today’s technological society.

You’ll find religious studies courses in medical ethics valuable if you’re majoring in areas such as physician assistant studies, nursing, and pre-med.

Student Opportunities

  • Volunteer in a community-based service-learning project.
  • Work one-on-one with a faculty member to design a major or conduct a research project based on your particular interests.
  • Attend a weekly Mass or Protestant worship service led by one of Daemen’s two campus ministers.
  • Cooperative Education and International Studies are options available by advisement.
  • Gain hands-on experience in a field with a community agency.
  • Placements with all age groups and many types of settings.

Career Options

  • Nonprofit director
  • Interfaith advisor
  • Substance-abuse counselor
  • Seminary administrator
  • Government or library researcher

Post-Graduation Possibilities

Students may go on to pursue graduate degrees or attend divinity schools.

John Millar

Religious Studies

I was in the U.S. Air Force for 6 years and after I got out I had the Post 9/11 GI Bill.  I called a couple of different local colleges who had a Religious Studies Major. Dr. Kelley has helped facilitate in-depth and revealing research and drives me to learn more about my major even when I’m not in school. READ MORE

For more information, contact Shawn Kelley, Chair of the Philosophy & Religious Studies Department, at skelley@daemen.edu or call 716-839-8373