Kate Mattes at a retreat SERVICE PROJECT:  Kate Mattes, class of 2015, talks with Evan Silverman during an IUP alternative spring break volunteer effort at Karma Choling, a Buddhist retreat center in Vermont. Mattes, who was president of the Religious Studies Club and started a book club, said "We offer so much at IUP."

Religious Studies Club

The Religious Studies Club offers ample opportunities to socialize with other students in your major and contribute to group discussions. Come together to discuss religious topics, plan trips to sacred sites, attend academic religious functions and conferences, and enjoy a community atmosphere.


Some recent internship experiences have included helping to build a wheelchair ramp at a Navajo reservation, working at the Thomas Merton Center in Pittsburgh, which supports peace and justice initiatives, and teaching a mindfulness, yoga, and eating class.

Kipp Seelhorst Memorial Lecture Series

This lecture series, set up in memory of a former Religious Studies student, brings guest lecturers to campus, such as Marilyn Johnson, an Ojibwe medicine woman who visited campus in 2013.

R. Thomas Schaub Essay Contest

The R. Thomas Schaub Religious Studies Essay Contest was established in 2005 as a tribute to R. Thomas Schaub, professor emeritus in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at IUP. 

The Society for the Appreciation of Cultural and Religious Diversity

SACRED is a student organization that supplies a secular perspective to increase awareness of the role that religion plays in the arts, literature, politics, and other cultural and social areas.

Study Abroad

Trips abroad can give you new perspectives on world religions and cultures.

Dr. Morales with students on a trip