Religion and Theology majors at La Salle gain critical thinking skills and a foundational knowledge to engage with and understand differences and to effectively respond to social injustice. Graduates of the Religion and Theology program go on to graduate and law school, work in the nonprofit sector, become social workers, and work for community-based organizations. They are ministers, teachers, and even project managers in the business world.
As a Religion major, you’ll have unique opportunities for experiential learning and to work towards meaningful social change in Philadelphia. Our POWER University Initiative and Inside-Out Program allows students to immerse in community organizing and to take courses in correctional facilities with incarcerated students to examine fundamental issues of social justice.
The Religion curriculum embodies the four commitments of Lasallian education through values of curiosity, empathy, pluralism, and imagination. We build community by nurturing inclusive classroom and departmental spaces and by cultivating relationships within and beyond the boundaries of the University.
This course examines the Jewish canonical writings in their historical and cultural contexts, introduces the scholarly tools employed to discover the meaning(s) of the documents, and investigates the rich and complex development of the religion of ancient Israel and biblical Judaism(s). The deutero-canonical writings, those not included in the Jewish canon, will also be discussed.
Are religions necessarily patriarchal? This course introduces students to the diversity of women’s experiences of, and contributions to, religious belief and practice in at least one of the world’s religious traditions. Topics may include feminist understandings of the divine, the role of women in the origins and development of religious traditions, feminist interpretations of sacred texts, feminist spiritualities, and historical and contemporary efforts by women to reform religious traditions.
This course integrates community service with issues of justice from the perspective of theology. Its purpose is to provide not only analysis, but also a deeper appreciation and respect for the disadvantaged, and a more long-lasting commitment to enter into solidarity with them in their struggle for justice. Through readings, reflection, discussion, and a community service project, this course allows students to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the social, political, spiritual, and economic causes of injustice and how their service influences the cause of social justice.
Our students receive a top-notch education that is well-rounded and balanced. Not only are they taught the essential theoretical elements of their discipline, but they are grounded with real-world, marketable job skills such as critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, interpersonal skills, and skills relating to workflow. Many pursue advanced degrees and/or careers upon graduation in a wide range of fields including law, business, elementary and secondary education, communications and marketing, non-profit, and government.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage is $55,000.
Chris Picariello, ’95, remembers the opportunities provided for him at La Salle to begin his career.
The La Salle community came together on Giving Tuesday to support the future of the University.
The annual campus event celebrated Christmas and other holiday religions with a hot cocoa bar, decorating stations, and photos with Santa.