Bringing understanding and compassion to humanity and yourself

What is your purpose in life? Why do we suffer? Is there a spiritual dimension to the universe? Why do bad things happen to good people? What is truth? How can I be a force of goodness in the world? If questions like these burn inside you, come answer them at Susquehanna University.

Explore life’s big questions in small classes with professors who love engaging in spirited conversations. Benefit from popular courses such as Being Awesome at Life, which examines the definition of a good life across cultures throughout history. Discover the surprising overlaps of agreement among scientific and religious claims. Study how world religions relate to fields like ethics, archaeology, philosophy and environmental studies. Study abroad through our Global Opportunities program and get a firsthand look at religious practice of the world in Europe, Asia, Africa or South America. Delve into your own faith tradition or view of the world while deepening your understanding of other traditions. Think more critically, analyze texts more clearly and become ever more compassionate toward others and yourself.

Become part of Susquehanna University’s proud history of preparing religious studies students for many varied professional careers, such as social work or government. Religion touches nearly every aspect of human life, literature, politics, current events, history, art and our personal lives. Understanding it means understanding how people think and feel about what really matters, and what motivates how they act. Whether you prepare for a career in ministry or the religious sphere, or another field meaningful to you and your values, you will know how to think, speak, and write with clarity, handle conflicts gracefully and encourage compassionate conversation wherever life takes you.

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Taking spirit to the world

Your religious education does not end in the classroom. Join other Susquehanna students as they enrich their communities.

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Beyond the Religious Studies Classroom

Potential Careers

  • Clergy
  • Educator
  • Social worker
  • Community organizer
  • Police officer

Recent Employers

  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • Lutheran World Relief
  • AmeriCorps
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Exploring the Philippines

The Philippine islands encompass a rich culture, ancient churches and lush landscapes. Susquehanna gives you the keys to discover all of these in a unique and hands-on service learning program.

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Studying for a Degree in Religious Studies

Explore the courses you’ll take on your journey to earning a degree in religious studies at Susquehanna.

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See the full list of related programs on the School of Humanities page.


Religious & Spiritual Life


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Jeff Mann, department head