What will I learn?

Religion grapples with our deepest questions about the meaning of life and how we are to live. Undergraduates in the religious studies program at The University of Toledo explore how the worldÕs religions answer these questions and how religion shapes the worldÕs political and cultural landscape.

Toledo is known for its rich, diverse religious communities. UToledo's Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies is one of the country's only departments to have community-funded endowed chairs in Catholic, Islamic and Jewish studies.

UT also is one of the first programs to offer a concentration in religious diversity. This concentration builds on our faculty's expertise in the field. Students study what happens when different religions encounter each other and how to make these encounters an opportunity for growth and understanding.


  • Religious diversity
  • Islamic studies
  • Catholic studies
  • Philosophy of religion


One-of-a-kind community partnership. Toledo has been nationally recognized for its religious diversity. UT is one of the only religious studies departments in the country with three endowed positions funded by the local community. This allows us to employ esteemed faculty in Islamic studies, Catholic thought and Jewish biblical studies.

Choose your focus. Students can work with a faculty adviser to create individualized programs and focus on their areas of interest.

Service learning is a highlight in religious studies courses. Students observe how religion effects positive change in Toledo and visit congregational spaces in all the major traditions. They may take part in community projects, such as joining a religiously diverse team of UT students to mentor at-risk, inner-city youth.

World-class, well-rounded faculty. UToledo's professors are global leaders in their areas of expertise (Islamic, Jewish and Catholic studies, as well as philosophy of religion and religious diversity). All of our professors conduct, present and publish research.

Internships. UToledo's religious studies majors work with local, national and international organizations, including UTÕs Center for Religious Understanding. Students intern as teacher aides in religious school settings, and as pastoral associates and youth pastors.

Career-planning seminar. UToledo religious studies majors take a professionalization seminar to help them plan how to put their religious studies degrees to work. They do some soul-searching about their path and craft resumes, writing samples and more.

UTÕs Center for Religious Understanding is housed in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies. The center promotes religious education and interreligious understanding through lectures, dialogues and small-group forums.


Graduates from UToledo's religious studies bachelor's degree program are valued by employers for their:

Knowledge of diverse religious and cultural traditions.

Comfort and ability to work with people from all backgrounds.

Strong leadership and analytical skills.

UT religious studies graduates go on to graduate school or seminary, or find work in areas including:

  • Social work and not-for-profit agencies
  • Teaching in high schools, colleges and universities
  • Religious ministries (clergy, youth leaders and clergy associates)
  • Journalism
  • Business
  • Law
  • Health care
  • Public and political service

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Letters

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$20,120.00 per year
Tuition and general fees are for 12-18 semester hours
Start date

Expected January, August 2022


University of Toledo

2801 West Bancroft,



43606, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have never attended a college/university after secondary/high school graduation. English Language Requirements: TOEFL internet-based: 71; IELTS overall band: 6.0; PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic overall score: 48; MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery): 75.

For international students

You are a freshman student if you have never attended a college/university after secondary/high school graduation with 2.5 GPA. Students who have taken post-secondary (college) courses while enrolled in high school are considered first-time freshmen.

English Language Requirements :

SAT scores at or above the following minimum scores: Old SAT Critical Reading: 500, New SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 510.

The minimum score of TOEFL internet-based: 71, IELTS overall band: 6.0, PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic overall score: 48, MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery): 75

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.