Detroit Mercy students in class.

As a Catholic university rooted in the Jesuit and Mercy traditions of our founders, University of Detroit Mercy encourages students to  explore faith from a variety of perspectives. Our Religious Studies program offers the opportunity to do just that, with bits of other disciplines -- psychology, anthropology, history, philosophy, sociology, theology, etc. -- mixed in to help you make sense of it all.





Great Things At Detroit Mercy

  • Rooted in the context of Jesuit and Mercy traditions, the Religious Studies Department encourages the academic study of religion in a spirit of free intellectual inquiry.
  • The program is designed to explore the variety of religious meanings, both in the past and present.
  • All courses are taught by faculty members — not teaching assistants or graduate students.
  • Small class sizes mean plenty of individualized attention aimed at making sure our students succeed.
  • In the tradition of our Jesuit and Mercy sponsors, Detroit Mercy offers a great, well-rounded education. We don’t just teach religious studies; we create community leaders.

Your Boundless Future

Religious studies majors work in a wide variety of fields, such as business, international business, marketing, government, foreign service, Peace Corps, nonprofit organizations, counseling and social work, education, journalism, law, medicine, the service industry, hospitality and event planning. Former US Secretary of State John Kerry recently commented, “If I went back to college today, I think I would probably major in comparative religion because that’s how integrated [religion] is in everything that we are working on and deciding and thinking about in life today."

View the Bureau of Labor Statistics information for this profession.


Contact Info

Todd Hibbard
Department Chair, Religious Studies
Phone: 313-993-1088

Featured Alumna

Jamie Dylenski

Jamie Dylenski '98

“I attended classes in the Master of Arts in Religious Studies (MARS) program at night with other fascinating professionals who had similar interests in probing new and exciting ideas from Western scholarship. I cherish the classroom memories as well as the continued relationships with my colleagues. As the world shrinks, we will encounter more diversity; and Religious Studies plays an important role in exploring the common experience of what it means to be human, an appreciation of the rich cultural and religious history that we all have individually inherited, and providing stepping stones to bridge our differences towards a more inclusive future.”

Professor Tubbs lecture on "Grateful Living"

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