Philosophy, Theology & Religious Studies

Department Location

Academic Building, HC135
5151 Park Avenue
Fairfield, CT 06825

Department Chair

Christopher Kelly, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Contact Us

Tel: 203-371-7730
Fax: 203-371-7731  

The Department of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies offers courses and programs of study that explore important and enduring questions of meaning—questions that human beings throughout the centuries and in every culture have asked. We propose that a student cannot call himself or herself educated without having wrestled honestly with these critical questions. Therefore, we invite you the student, who is studying at Sacred Heart University in order to receive a liberal education, not only to take your core courses in Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies with an open and critical mind, but to take a look at our major, minor, concentration, and study abroad programs. Any of our faculty will be happy to talk to you about these opportunities. 

Latest News

Lilly Grant Will Bring Catholic Conference to Sacred Heart

November 26, 2018

Sacred Heart University will host a collaborative regional conference on the Catholic intellectual tradition for universities in April 2020 through a grant from the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts. The Lilly Fellows Program seeks to renew and enhance the connections between Christianity and the academic vocation at church-related colleges and universities. The program awarded the grant to SHU’s Department of Catholic Studies to host the conference.

Professors Debate Whether Religion Should Be in Public Forums

October 19, 2018

Does religion have a place in public forums? Sacred Heart University professors Gary Rose and Michael W. Higgins went head-to-head in a debate on this topic recently at the WSHU Broadcast Center, before a crowd of students, faculty and staff. Brian Stiltner, theology professor, moderated the debate, which SHU’s Department of Catholic studies, the Human Journey Colloquia Series and WSHU hosted. The two scholars explained their views while answering Stiltner’s and the audience’s questions.

Professor Explores the Sacred through Science Fiction

August 7, 2018

Sacred Heart University theology and religious studies professor Richard Grigg recently published his ninth book, Science Fiction and the Imitation of the Sacred.