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Religious Studies, B.A.

College of Arts and Sciences

Explore the depth of the world's religious traditions in an interdisciplinary major that provides foundational knowledge and thoughtful analysis of the questions surrounding the meaning and purpose of life.

Explore global cultures and religions to gain an empathetic perspective on an increasingly complex global society. You'll consider new ideas and form your own positions on social issues ranging from politics, ethnicity and economics to public policy and family life.

Program Highlights

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    Engaging Courses

    Enjoy smaller classes that allow for in-depth discussion of material and close interaction with faculty members and classmates.

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    Research Experience

    Participate in opportunities to work one-on-one with a faculty member on a variety of research projects.

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    Professional Development

    Highlight your work by presenting at our annual spring student research conference and luncheon.

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    Interdisciplinary Studies

    Examine topics across history, philosophy, art, music, film, literature, language, culture and more.

What You’ll Study

Learn about religion through courses in philosophy, anthropology, history, art, literature, sociology and theology. Explore different cultures, and develop a global perspective. The program offers an intensive option for students to add a research component and complete a thesis. The degree is an excellent choice for pre-professional study or as part of a double major.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Intercultural Competence

    Developing the skills to communicate effectively and work collaboratively across cultures

    Multicultural Awareness

    Understanding cultural variation and adapting behaviors and communication styles accordingly


    Understanding and sharing the feelings of others, and demonstrating compassion and support

  • Critical Thinking

    Analyzing and evaluating information to make informed decisions or judgments


    Creating professional written content for inclusion in scholarly journal articles, books and reports

    Attention to Detail

    Being meticulous and thorough in all aspects of a task or project

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Potential Careers

  • Lawyer
  • Doctor
  • Educator
  • Theologian
  • Peace Corp Volunteer
  • Activist

Workplace Settings

  • Religion
  • Education
  • Medicine
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Legal

The religious studies department is a hidden gem on campus. Many professors specialize in specific religions, disciplines or areas of the world, allowing students to take a breadth of courses on different traditions and learn from experts who have concerted interests in the subjects they teach.

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