The School of Theology and Religious Studies sets itself two goals, namely, to promote excellence in teaching, research, and publication in the area of theology and religious studies, and to provide the professional training of lay and clerical leaders who will serve the Roman Catholic community in the United States and throughout the world. In pursuit of these goals, the school places emphasis on an interdisiciplinary approach and collaboration with other schools of the university, on the ecumenical and interreligious dimensions of all theological studies, on the exploration of relations between religion and culture, and on the promotion of informed efforts to work for justice and peace, both within the Church and in the world, in the light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
While the faculty of the STRS have long taught undergraduate students, in 2014 the School began matriculating undergraduate theology & religious studies majors directly into the School. Our School is now the only one in the nation where undergraduate students can receive a degree in theology from a Pontifical faculty. Students also have a set of general education requirements more deliberately tailored to support their major than was possible in the past.