Religious Studies

RELIGIOUS STUDIES

Religious Studies is the critical study of religious beliefs, practices, texts, institutions, and communities. We ask: What is religion? How has it functioned in societies past and present? How do religious groups answer the enduring questions of human existence? Our approach to these questions is interdisciplinary, non-religious, and often comparative.

 

WHY STUDY RELIGIOUS STUDIES?

  • Take core courses taught by teacher-scholars with expertise in a variety of religious traditions.
  •  We are interdisciplinary! Supplement required courses with those from a diverse array of Arts offerings that will count toward the Religious Studies major or minor. 
  •  Fulfil your Language Other than English requirement and study Sanskrit, to build on your interest in South Asian religions, or Biblical Hebrew. 
  • Gain international and cultural awareness, including the skills to critically interpret media coverage and public policies related to religion. 
  • Meet your classmates! Religious Studies courses draw students from all faculties, who share a respectful curiosity about religion and religious traditions

RELIGIOUS STUDIES MAJOR COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Two 100-level surveys: one in Eastern Religious Traditions, one in Western Religious Traditions

Two 200-level courses in different religious traditions

RELIG 375: Approaches to the Study of Religion

Additional courses at the 200-400 levels chosen from RELIG or cross-listed courses all across Arts

It’s a great idea also to study a language other than English, and to start that study early in your degree. Religious Studies offers Hebrew and Sanskrit (not every year), and many other languages are offered in Arts (see Classics, East Asian Studies, and Modern Languages and Cultural Studies).

Be sure to check out our Religious Studies Honors program, too! 

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WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH A RELIGIOUS STUDIES DEGREE?

An undergraduate degree in Religious Studies will prepare you to do research, think, ask questions, and communicate your ideas – skills that will take you in many different personal, intellectual and career directions. Religious Studies graduates are particularly well equipped for careers in:

ADVOCACY: lawyers, social workers, employment in Foundations and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)

COMMUNICATION: film and television producers, journalists, writers,  and editors

EDUCATION: school teachers, university professors

 

ADVISORS

For advice about the Religious Studies Major or Honors in Religious Studies, contact Section Director Jocelyn Hendrickson or Undergrad Chair Jaymie Heilman

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