Explore the underpinnings of religion — one of the strongest forces in human experience — with Mount Mercy University’s religious studies degree.

As a major in religious studies, you’ll research Christian theological tradition while solidifying your understanding of social justice issues.

“Better to illuminate than merely to shine; to deliver to others contemplated truths than merely to contemplate.”

― Saint Thomas Aquinas, Patron Saint of Catholic schools

Our renowned faculty take Aquinas’ message to heart, asking students to deeply explore the gospel and the meaning of life, while helping students frame the overall context of their existence and place in the universe.

Our name is Mercy. Our spirit is compassion. As a Mount Mercy student, you’ll meet amazing people and gain valuable experience through service opportunities. Our close-knit, community-supporting campus family is made up of students, faculty and staff of all faiths — and those of no particular religious faith at all. Religious studies students are often involved with clubs like Core Campus Fellowship and Peer Ministry which acts as an advisor to Campus Ministry.

Many students choose to add a second major with their religious studies degree, while others choose our minor in religious studies to compliment programs like education, business, criminal justice, English, music, nursing or social work.

What can I do with a degree in religious studies?

Mount Mercy graduates with a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies often pursue graduate or law school or become chaplains, teachers or youth program directors. Our religious studies program graduates are now working as:

  • Director of Religious Education
  • Associate Director of the National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministries
  • Church Rector
  • Pastoral Associate

Here’s why our alumni say Mount Mercy is the best school for religious studies in Iowa:

“Mount Mercy helped prepare me for my career by catering the classes to what I wanted to do with my degree. The benefit of getting my degree from Mount Mercy was the personal attention I received from my professors.”

― Theresa Barthel ’05, Coordinator of Youth Ministry, St. Giles Parish, Oak Park, Illinois