Religious Studies

The religious studies program at Nazareth College acts as a perfect accompaniment to any major, teaching important knowledge for an increasingly globalized culture and economy. Whether you are in accounting, English, biology, or music, knowledge of religions and beliefs can be a useful skill to put on your resume.

To complete the religious studies minor, you must take 18 credits in Religious Studies, with 15 credits being beyond the 100 level. Through these six classes, you can deeply enrich your academic experience at Nazareth College, and demonstrate to employers that you are well-informed about the cultures and beliefs of peoples from around the world.

The religious studies minor is an opportunity to expand your horizons, learning about religions and peoples completely outside of your worldview, or to learn in a scholarly manner about a religion you practice.

We encourage you to take a look at the courses offered in the Religious Studies Department to see what kinds of subjects are addressed in our classes. We are certain there will be several courses that interest you!

Contact Information

Thomas Donlin-Smith

Thomas Donlin-Smith

Professor and Chair in Religious Studies
Advisor in Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue
Golisano Academic Center 358

Education: B.A., The Ohio State University; M.Div., Wesley Theological Seminary; Ph.D., University of Virginia

Teaching and Research Interests: In addition to teaching our introductory course in world religions (Exploring Religion), I enjoy learning and teaching about religious ethics, and the relationships among religion, science, and politics. My courses include Biomedical Ethics, Ethics of the Professions, Religion and Science, Living Well: Ethics in the World’s Religions, Christian Ethics: Stories of Virtue and Violence, and our Junior-Senior Seminar. I am fortunate to teach courses that fit my passions so well.

Radio interview: When faith and climate change collide.

Religious Studies minor program at Nazareth College