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Department of Religious Studies

Meet the Chairperson

Welcome to the Department of Religious Studies

The Department began to recruit students in 1998 in order to offer them a unique opportunity, not only to obtain a Bachelor degree in Religious Studies, but to be a qualified teacher of Christian religious education.


The curriculum of the Department includes courses on the Bible, dogmatic theology, ethics, history of the church, the Holy Land, catechetics, and more. The curriculum concentrates on the study of Christianity from a Catholic and ecumenical point of view. It seeks to meet not only the academic needs of its students, but also their spiritual needs. Being Christian in the Holy Land means to appreciate the mosaic OF diversity within the church and among other religions, this appreciation paves the way to a constructive ecumenical and interfaith dialogue.


The Department contributes in a special way to the mission of Bethlehem University by preparing qualified graduates to teach Catechism, to participate in the mission of the local church, to be positive members of the church and society and to be qualified to continue higher education. By limiting enrollment and having smaller class sizes, the learning process is personalized and formative. Besides the academic goals, the department offers ecclesiastical, ecumenical, and personal formation for its students. Several activities accompany the academic formation to make learning a more enjoyable journey.


Mr. Michel Rock



Bethlehem University Foundation
Phone: +1-240-241-4381
Fax: +1-240-553-7691
Beltsville, MD USA
Bethlehem University in the Holy Land
Phone: +972-2-274-1241
Fax: +972-2-274-4440
Bethlehem, Palestine