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Religious Studies

As a Religious Studies student you will learn to think about issues critically, to hear and understand other points of view, and to effectively express your own thoughts. The Religious Studies curriculum creates cultural awareness and appreciation for others that transcends many professional positions.

Religious Studies graduates are prepared for careers in the following areas:

Parish pastoral ministry
Youth ministry
Church/religious architecture
Religious art
Music ministry
Missionary work
Religious bookstore sales and management
Religious journalism
Church camp ministry
Academic scholarship
Parish administration
Social justice advocacy
Prison ministry
Retreat ministry
Ministry to the elderly

More career choices emerge when the Religious Studies major is combined with another major, such as business administration, education, nursing, art, music, English, philosophy, public relations, and historic preservation.

Ursuline’s Unique Approach

The Religious Studies program at Ursuline College offers strong undergraduate preparation for careers in church ministry or academic study of religion.

You’ll conduct research. Ursuline received 2 substantial grants from Sisters of Charity to conduct sponsored student research on women in religious professions.

You’ll apply your findings to the real world. Recent graduate Christina Roe, ‘14 conducted independent research and became a specialist on the topic of compassionate stewardship. She took her findings to the Cleveland Clinic, where she conducted presentations and trainings for staff.

You’ll study with experts. Dr. Natalie Weaver is a published industry expert. Just a sample of Dr. Weaver’s exceptional accomplishments: she has addressed the United Nations, been selected as a National Endowment for the Humanities Scholar, presented at Oxford, has authored three books, and is a regular contributor to the Feminism and Religion blog.

You’ll tie your career to your passion. Recent graduate Stephanie McDuffie runs a women’s ministry.

The focus is on you. You’ll tailor your curriculum to your career interests. For example, current student Heidi Redd is in the funeral home business with her family. She sought Ursuline’s Religious Studies program to help her build broad knowledge of various faith traditions, to better connect and counsel diverse families through the grief process. Her curriculum and research at Ursuline have been tied to her goal of building a funerary ministry.

You’ll serve. At Ursuline, up to 4 credit hours are free to you by conducting service activities as a part of your curriculum.

An opportunity to tailor the education to your career interests.

Coursework leading to Cleveland diocesan certification in pastoral ministry are available, along with the possibility to major in Jewish Studies through affiliation with the College of Judaic Studies. The major offers three unique tracks which prepare students for a range of application areas.

Religion and the World
Catholic studies and society
Pastoral theology 

Master of Arts in Ministry, B.A.-M.A. Bridge Program

The Ministry bridge program is an accelerated course of study for earning a Master of Arts in Ministry degree. Students admitted to the bridge program as undergraduate Religious Studies majors at Ursuline complete the master’s degree in a shortened time frame by earning up to eight graduate credits towards the 36 credit hour master’s program as an undergraduate student.