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Department ofReligious Studies

Religious Studies


Remembering Paul Crowley, S.J.

Paul G. Crowley, S.J., the Santa Clara Jesuit Community Professor in the Department of Religious Studies, passed away on August 7, 2020, after a long illness. Father Crowley joined the faculty of Santa Clara University after joining the Jesuit Order in 1986.

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Religion involves the human search for ultimate meaning.

Not only a matter of belief, religion also is a primary mode for creating a sense of belonging and influences the entire scope of human societies, including ethical and political systems. Religious Studies engages the stuff of life and culture: faith and history, theology and ethics, texts and ritual, science and technology, art and literature, race, ethnicity and gender. We study Christianity and Catholicism, but also Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and other traditions, including atheism, both local and global. In the Religious Studies Department, our teaching and research are suffused with a deep commitment to social justice and care for the earth itself. The study of religion intersects with virtually every other approach to understanding the world and ourselves.

Statement on Confronting Racism and White Supremacy


The Religious Studies Department of Santa Clara University expresses its solidarity with BIPOC.

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Black History Month Mass

First annual mass celebrates Catholics of African descent.

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Back at it Again

RS Held a Welcome (Back) Mixer on Zoom

Spring 2020 Perspectives
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David Gray, Ph.D., Department Chair

Vicky Gonzalez, Department Manager


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