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In the Philosophy and Religious Studies programs at Saint Francis University, you will have plenty of opportunities in the classroom and beyond. Below are just a few of the opportunities waiting for you as a future Saint Francis student.
Religious studies is by its very nature interdisciplinary, making use of insights from philosophy, theology, anthropology, sociology, history, and psychology just to name a few. Our faculty embodies this quality, and work alongside all of our diverse programs, from the Health Sciences to Business to Environmental Engineering to Education.
Service is at the heart of our university’s Franciscan identity, and at the heart of this department. Majors are encouraged to make service central to their major, bringing together classroom learning and community service. We actively support the Dorothy Day Center, located on our campus, giving students the chance to become part of a “family” of people who serve local people. At the DDC, students engage with clients by offering food, clothing, heating, child-care, and all-around fun.
Once students become grounded in the fundamentals of the discipline, we encourage them to pursue their own research interests. We also encourage them to present their work at professional conferences and publish in undergraduate journals.
Newly added to the curriculum, students interested in entering the workforce are encouraged to do at least one internship. Doing this helps majors gain real world experience, while broadening their professional network.
Theta Alpha Kappa (Alpha Gamma chapter), ACHS member - National Honor Society for Theology/Religious Studies
Delta Epsilon Sigma - National Catholic Honors Society
SFU Philosophy Club - Opportunities to become an active member and hold an office
Now in its sixth year, NAUCRP brings together the finest undergraduates in the region and nation to share their research. Our majors are encouraged to attend and present.
The Consortium for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies is a collaboration of academic, nonprofit, and religious organizations in the tri-state area serving students like you with conferences, classes, events, trips, grants, and scholarships. Saint Francis is a founding member of CERIS and all of our students are welcome to participate in CERIS activities.
The Saint Francis University Institute for Ethics exists to raise consciousness about ethical concerns within our local communities and to work with policy makers of various organizations who are concerned about corporate responsibility and ethics.
Organizations play an increasingly important role in shaping the context of people's lives throughout the country and the world. Those concerned about the quality of human life must take seriously the impact of these organizations; both the contributions they make and the problems they present.
Schools, churches, businesses, hospitals, and a wide variety of other organizations have all recognized the growing demand for moral accountability. Recognizing the Judeo-Christian culture in which we live, realizing that work in corporate ethics must operate ecumenically, and convinced of the contemporary relevance of Franciscan values, the Saint Francis University Institute for Ethics is prepared to take a leadership role in this effort.
2013 Annual Ethics Lecture was at 7:00 p.m on Friday, March 22, 2014 in DiSepio 213. Randall Stephens presented "Evangelical Anti-intellectualism in Modern America."
2014 Annual Ethics Lecture was held at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 in the JFK Auditorium. Ibrahim Abdul-Matin presented "The Green Path: Developing a Shared Ethic for Protecting the Planet."
2015 Annual Ethics Lecture will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art. Rev. Thomas J. Reese, S.J., Senior Analyst for the National Catholic Reporter will present, "The Ethical Vision of Pope Francis."
Our department offers religious studies courses in study-abroad programs in France, Mexico, and Bolivia, along with the opportunity to take theology courses in Austria.
Additionally, our department has supported student-designed projects in Nicaragua, Africa, Honduras, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic. If you have a project in mind, we will do everything in our power to make it happen. We are open to studying and serving with you. If you want to travel while you learn, SFU is the place to do it!
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