Religious Studies


Through critical thinking and a deep respect for religious commitments of all persons, the Religious Studies program is grounded in Roman Catholic and ecumenical Christian traditions, but actively engages in dialogue with other world religions. The curriculum is designed to help you develop a deeper understanding of your own traditions as well as others.

Program Locations

Available Majors

  • Religious Studies

Available Minors

  • Religious Studies

Additional Study Options

Course Topics

  • Ethics
  • Theology
  • History of World Religions

What Makes Our Program Unique

Women's contributions to spirituality, religious thought and history, as well as the ecumenical and interfaith aspects of the discipline, are woven into the program and are treated in greater depth in courses devoted exclusively to these topics.


What to Expect Studying at Notre Dame of Maryland University

Small class sizes and personal attention enhance the student expertise, allowing for a combination of rich lecture and robust discussion.

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NDMU has helped me develop the skills and confidence I need to succeed at anything I do. I look forward to moving closer to achieving my dream of becoming a counselor.

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Capstone Experience

The capstone experience synthesizes everything you learn and has three related components:

  1. Preparation Workshop and Compilation of a Portfolio
  2. Interview with Department Faculty
  3. Presentation to Department Faculty, Current Students and Alumnae

Religious Studies Careers

Employers are looking for candidates who have the capacity to do quality research, analyze data critically, consider alternative perspectives, and work in a diverse environment.

A degree in Religious Studies prepares you to work in any field by:

  • Cultivating intercultural awareness
  • Critical thinking and writing
  • Moral reasoning
  • Engaging with the big questions that concern all people

Possible Career Fields

  • Ministry
  • Education
  • Law
  • Policy
  • Journalism
  • Business

Internships & Employment

Graduates are currently working as:

  • Ordained Ministers
  • Religion Teachers
  • Guidance Counselors
  • Parish Educators
  • Directors of Religious Education
  • Pastoral and Youth Ministers
  • Campus Ministers
  • Hospital Chaplains
  • Parish Music Ministers
  • Leaders in Diocesan Offices
  • Employees of Catholic Charities