The Department of Religious and Theological Studies at St. Edward's is focused on providing students with a comprehensive approach to the study of religion and theological inquiry. 

Courses within this department explore the history, thought and ongoing development of global religions with attention also to Christian theology. Throughout their studies, students investigate the meaning and purpose of life through a close examination of religion. Core courses provide a solid foundation in the discipline, and the ability to select from a diverse selection of courses allows students to pursue their particular interests. These courses help students develop faculties for critical thinking and in attaining a historical view of religion. 

Students who graduate from programs within the Department of Religious and Theological Studies will be prepared for graduate school, non-profit opportunities, teaching, ministry and a variety of professional roles.

Scholarships

Returning students majoring in Catholic Studies, Religious and Theological Studies and Philosophy are eligible to apply for the following scholarships, awarded each spring. Recipients are announced at SEU Honor's Night.

The Lillian Cervenka Endowed Scholarship

Established by friends and family of Lillian Cervenka, this scholarship provides support to students majoring in religion and philosophy and is awarded based on financial need and academic excellence.

The Kinsella Trust Scholarship

Established by Rev. Arthur Kinsella, this scholarship provides support to students enrolled in the School of Humanities. 

Faculty & Staff

Student Organizations

Theta Alpha Kappa (TAK)

Theta Alpha Kappa is the national honor society for Religious Studies and Theology. It is the only national honor society dedicated to recognizing academic excellence in baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate students and in scholars in the fields of Religious Studies and Theology. Theta Alpha Kappa has grown to more than two hundred chapters nationally in four-year educational institutions ranging from small religiously affiliated colleges to large public research institutions. 

Nostra Aetate Lectures

The Nostra Aetate lectures are inspired by Nostra Aetate, a groundbreaking Catholic document issued more than 40 years ago, at the close of the Second Vatican Council. The document expressed a commitment to interreligious dialogue and an appreciation for diverse faith traditions. It exhorted Catholics “to recognize, preserve and promote the good things, spiritual and moral,” that abide in the world religions. The work that the document called for continues in many parts of the Catholic Church, and this lecture series reflects St. Edward’s University’s commitment to foster and promote interreligious dialogue. The lectures are sponsored by the School of Humanities and Campus Ministry at St. Edward's University.

The Most Reverend John McCarthy Lecture Series on the Catholic Church in the 21st Century

St. Edward's created this lecture series to honor Bishop John McCarthy, who led the Diocese of Austin from 1985 to 2001.  The series presents a rich and academic dialogue about the past, present and future of the Catholic Church and underscores the university's commitment to its Catholic roots and Holy Cross Heritage.  Over the years, the series has brought some of the most influential Catholic voices from the around the nation and world to our campus