Religious Studies

Overview

Our diplomates need to be trained to know the religions of the countries where they're going.

Madeline Albright, former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N.

It seems almost too good to be true, but religious studies is the major that allows you to explore life's most enduring questions while acquiring some of the most desirable traits sought by employers. Here's why: As a religious studies major you develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for diverse cultures, a trait increasingly important in today's globalized and pluralistic workplace. Because of the multidisciplinary nature of the major, students learn to examine problems from many different perspectives. The study of religion immerses students in geopolitics, ethics, sociology, and history. Because of these traits, more and more employers are recognizing the value of religious studies majors.

 

Curriculum

I often say that if I headed back to college today, I would major in comparative religions rather than political science. That is because religious actors and institutions are playing an influential role in every region of the world and on nearly every issues central to U.S. foreign policy.

John Kerry, former U.S. Secretary of State

The religious studies concentration in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies is a 30-credit major, making it ideal as both a stand-alone or double major. Students can take courses in the world religions, women in religion, Hinduism and Buddhism, biblical studies, religion and American nationalism, cults, religion and culture, and religious experience. There is even a course on religion and monsters! We also offer an 18-credit minor in religious studies.

 

Student Testimonials

"Being a religion major has allowed me to connect and relate to people in a more universal and innately personal way, which was a large part of my wanting to stick with it."   —Katelyn Dobbins

"I am more prepared for the global world that we now live in and can work with and understand people from various backgrounds different from my own."   —Brandon Dunford

 

Where Are They Now?

Religious studies majors work in diverse fields, including law, business and finance, education, nonprofit, and medicine. Our former majors hold many different types of jobs, including: project manager, admission counselor, psychologist, and teacher.

 

Faculty

Our religious studies faculty come from diverse backgrounds, have diverse interestes, and are internationally recognized in their areas of specialization. Dr. Paul Thomas is an expert on the use and impact of religious texts. Dr. Kay Jordan studies the religions and cultures of East and Southeast Asia and Dr. Geoffrey Pollick is an expert on American religion and culture. Despite their specializations, they all enjoy teaching introducotry courses in religious studies.