About This Degree
Religion has held a central place in civilizations throughout history and around the globe.
We find religion at the center of humanitarian work and global conflict, in towns and neighborhoods, and in people's individual search for meaning. The academic study of religion does not promote or reject any particular religion. Rather, we examine all forms of religious practice and belief, using the methods of many different disciplines.
Our department offers a wide range of courses on global religious traditions including Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Mormonism. In addition to introductory courses, students can dive deeper to learn more about the role of sacred texts, gender, violence and peace, and other specialized topics. Because religious studies is inherently interdisciplinary, students will be exposed to a variety of perspectives including history, literature, philosophy, anthropology, and more.
What You Will Learn
Religious studies majors learn to be thoughtful about the influence of religion upon culture and the influence of culture upon religion.
They learn to analyze the influence of religious values and concepts on individuals and communities. They gain competence in thinking about how humans make meaning in the face of confusing and sometimes painful realities. Through examining these and other issues concerning religion, students develop strong research, communication, and imaginative skills that are highly valued by employers.
Students receive a BS by completing all required courses in the major. To receive a BA, students must also gain proficiency in one or more foreign languages.
Career And Outcomes
Religious studies majors come away with a set of portable intellectual skills that they can apply to a wide range of careers.
Many pursue postgraduate study in religious studies, history, law, social work, and related fields. Several of our graduates have gone on to become chaplains. Others find careers in education, business, nonprofits, and government service.
Because of their exposure to global cultures and comparative value systems, as well as their training in critical thinking, religious studies majors make valuable employees especially in jobs that require curiosity, engage complexity, and serve diverse populations.
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