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Department of Religious Studies

The Department of Religious Studies at Loyola University New Orleans, rooted in the Catholic and Jesuit context of education, encourages the academic study of religion in a spirit of free intellectual inquiry. As the 34th congregation of the Society of Jesus states: “To be religious today is to be interreligious.” And so from the very beginning, students are invited to consider their faith, in a global context, to deepen their appreciation of themselves in a religious world, and to offer the results of their revelations for the benefit of all. 

Vision and Mission Statement

Student Learning Outcomes


We offer a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies with concentrations in Christian Theology and World's Religions. Learn more about our programs of study »

Believe in Your Work

The methodologies and issues addressed in Religious Studies are relevant to every area of society. Learn more »

Faculty Success

Dr. Adil H. Khan speaks to the BBC about religious persecution and his new book, "From Sufism to Ahmadiyya"

Adil H. Khan, Ph.D., assistant professor of religious studies, was recently interviewed by BBC Radio’s “Religion and Ethics Programme” about the origins of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, a sect of Islam. Khan spoke in the interview about why minority movements, such as the Ahmadiyya, are the target of hate crimes in Britain. The interview followed the religiously-motivated murder of an Ahmadi shopkeeper in Glasgow by Muslim extremists. The interview is available at:

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Student Success

Dr. Robbie Fox Castleman ’85 releases new book about the New Testament

This is her eighth book since graduating from Loyola. She is a professor of theology and the New Testament at John Brown University in Arkansas.

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University Honors Program

The Honors program is open to qualified students of all majors.

Interdisciplinary minors

Want to learn more about interdisciplinary minors offered at Loyola?