Theology & Religious Studies
Then and now. Here in Boston and around the world. Rooted in Catholicism and open to the world.
At Emmanuel, our students delve into the richness and diversity of the human encounter with the sacred from the ancient past to the present day. Because religion plays a central role in human culture, religious literacy is critical for anyone wishing to understand our rapidly globalizing world. The academic study of theology and religion allows students to understand and analyze the many ways humans have sought to understand the purpose of existence, the destiny of the universe and what it means to live a good life.
Our courses span a broad range, engage all religious with openness and respect and invite students to think critically and creatively about how religious traditions have shaped our world. Courses frequently consider questions about poverty, ecology and human rights and emphasize experiential and service learning and social justice.
Professor Laurie Johnston Meets the Pope
In November, associate professor Laurie Johnston had the opportunity to meet Pope Francis. Johnston was in Rome attending a first-of-its-kind conference, "Prospects for a World Free from Nuclear Weapons and for Integral Disarmament." Sponsored by the Vatican, the event included 11 Nobel laureates, top UN and NATO officials, and leading scholars.
Small classes, big advantages
Emmanuel's Theology + Religious Studies faculty are engaged teacher-scholars with a wide range of interests, from the Hebrew prophet to liberation theology. They teach courses which draw on ancient traditions, but also invite their students to experience contemporary societies through travel courses and service-learning.Meet Our Faculty
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