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Religious Studies and Philosophy

Student Profile: Shannon Hoffman, Class of 2016

Religious Studies major Shannon Hoffman, '16, knew from a young age that she wanted to turn her love for the Catholic faith into a profession. CSE's religious studies program is making that hope a reality.

Not only does she learn about Catholicism, but she is also taught about other religions, such as: Judaism, Islam and Buddhism.

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Program Offerings

The Religious Studies and Philosophy Program offers many distinct degree and non-degree opportunities at the undergraduate level. At the core of our courses of study is attention to ultimate concerns, reflective thought, critical analysis, and integration of knowledge. We seek to develop women and men who are skilled critical thinkers and responsible moral agents with a hunger for meaning, self-realization and fulfillment as social contributors.

Undergraduate Majors/Minors

B.A. in Religious Studies

1. Examines the core values of truth, justice, and reconciliation
2. Study Scripture, Faith, Moral Theology, History of Christianity, and Systematic Theology
3. Strong foundation in faith and human wisdom, with respect for the process of inquiry and action
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Combined B.A. in Religious Studies/M.A. in Theology

1. Earn both degrees in less time that pursuing each separately
2. Begin with the January Low Residency in the senior year and may take a maximum of nine (9) credits graduate Theology credits toward the B.A. in Religious Studies
3. Graduate Theology credits taken for the B.A. in Religious Studies double-count for the M.A. in Theology
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Minor in Ethics

1. An interdisciplinary and multifaceted program of study
2. Integrated and substantive training in ethics, meta-ethics, moral philosophy, and moral theology.
3. Includes an examination of both moral theory and application.
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Minor in Philosophy

1. Explores perennial philosophical questions about the nature of reality and meaning of life
2. Develops a greater understanding of truth and value essential to the complete development of the human person
3. Students acquire knowledge of some of the core concepts and ideas that have shaped human civilization.
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Minor in Religious Studies

1. Develops an enhanced awareness of religious language, concepts, imagery and critical questions.
2. Teaches the importance of respect and dialogue between Catholic Christianity and other religious traditions
3. Recognizes the role of religion in the life of the human person and society
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Undergraduate Certificates

Diaconal Ministry

1. Prepares the candidates by educating them in the richness of the Catholic theological and spiritual tradition
2. Enables students to be able to serve the Church and its needs in today's world
3. Challenge students to cherish the tradition and create the future
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Ethics Studies

1. Focused ministerial study, including relevant internships and culminating requirement
2. Comprehensive balance of theory, practice, and application
3. Ethics Studies includes Bioethics concentration
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Leadership in Hispanic Ministry

1. Supports students in their quest for ongoing faith formation as ministers and leaders
2. Includes formal classes, appropriate workshops, liturgies, days of reflection and retreats
3. Infused with an Hispanic/Latino cultural dimension for ministers to be able to effectively perform their work and live the Gospel with Hispanics in the U.S. Catholic Church.
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Parish Life Ministries

1. Prepares students to minister to a wide variety of pastoral needs across the family life spectrum
2. Inform the pastoral practices of hospitality and compassion
3. Examine the sociological and psychological forces that shape family life in all of its markers and milestones
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Pastoral Administration

1. Honors the strong theological and Scriptural foundations that must inform the administration of a parish
2. Recognizes that effective business and personnel management must always point to the implementation of Gospel values
3. Students use their study to develop an individualized curriculum which best suits their experience and educational background
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Religious Education

1. Prepares students to lead others into the lifelong journey of saying yes to faith with both mind and heart
2. Students gain knowledge of the theories of teaching and learning for adults, adolescents, and children
3. Explores the contemporary documents on Catechetics and Evangelization which ground the educational ministry of the church.
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Youth and Young Adult Ministry

1. Designed to develop a vibrant outreach for serving this vital community in parish life
2. Uses the study of Scripture and theology as a foundation
3. Examines social and psychological development and develop tools for evangelization and program design
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What Students Are Saying

Raul Pamplona
"They were so good to me here. I wanted to finish my bachelor's as soon as possible, and they made it happen for me."
– Raul Pamplona, B.A. '14, M.A. '15

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Faculty and Staff

Erin Lothes Biviano, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

(973) 290-4329

Annunciation Center 312

Sr. Diane Collesano


(973) 290-4371

Annunciation Center 311

Anthony Santamaria, Ph.D.

Dean, School of Arts and Sciences

(973) 290-4338

Annunciation Center 315

Sr. Alice Swartz, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

(973) 290-4330

Annunciation Center 317

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Who We Are

Founded in 1899 by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, the College of Saint Elizabeth has a strong tradition of concern for the poor, for developing leadership in a spirit of service and social responsibility, and a commitment to the promotion of women as full partners in society.

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