Religious Studies

Why Religious Studies at Viterbo?

The religious studies program is broad enough to welcome all Catholic and Protestant students into studies through scriptural reflection, in Christian morality, application of practical sacramental and Franciscan theology, understanding of historical Christian development, and exegetical integration into theological reflection.

The Viterbo University religious studies program:

  • promotes the Franciscan values of compassion, hospitality, integrity, stewardship, justice and peace, ecumenism, contemplation, humility, and joy.
  • develops theological scholarship, articulating the law/gospel balance of the church's message, accentuating the Catholic understanding of Christology, ecclesiology, sacraments, and Christianity's relationship with world religions.
  • endeavors to inspire students through the challenge of religious truths in a post-modern world while defending the Christian faith from assaults on the gospel and church tradition by secularism and relativism.
  • embraces the Christian testimonies of St. Francis of Assisi, St. Clare of Assisi, and St. Rose of Viterbo as living witnesses of grace, mercy, justice, truth, compassion, and service.

3+1 Degree Program

Do you want to graduate with an advanced degree in just four years? This program provides an opportunity for outstanding, highly motivated students to complete a bachelor of arts degree in three years, followed by one year of graduate work leading to a Master of Business Administration or a Master of Arts in Servant Leadership.  Students may earn a minor in accountingbusiness administrationmarketing, or servant leadership to prepare for the master’s program. The admission criteria are as follows:

  • a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale);
  • a ranking within the top third of the senior class;
  • an ACT score of at least 24;
  • a minimum of 6 credits of college level work through Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate Program, or the Diocesan High School College Credit Program;
  • an intent to declare a major in history, English writing, Spanish, philosophy or religious studies

Earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in three years requires some summer classes. There are opportunities for undergraduate summer research for students in this program. As an undergraduate, it is recommended that to prepare for the MBA, students earn a minor in accounting, business administration, management, or marketing or take a variety of business courses. To prepare for the Master of Arts in Servant Leadership, students should consider an undergraduate minor in servant leadership.

For more information, contact:

Rev. William Reese
Department Chair, Professor
608-796-3708
wjreese@viterbo.edu