The religious studies department offers courses that reflect the research expertise of the faculty. Students can enroll in classes ranging from “Early Judaism,” to “The Dark Self: East and West,” and “Religion and Violence.” Most religious studies seminars are small, limited to fifteen students, allowing for deep exploration of the material and low student to professor ratios. For a full list of regular course offerings, follow the “courses” link on the left.
Majoring and Minoring in Religious Studies
Students who declare a major or minor in religious studies are required to take World Religions: Asian Traditions and World Religions: Near Eastern Traditions. Majors must take an additional 32 credits, and 28 credits must be upper division religious studies courses. Minors must take an additional 16 credits, and 8 must be upper division religious studies courses. See “Major Requirements” and “Minor Requirements” links for more information.
A major in religious studies provides broad training for any humanitarian profession. Recent graduates have gone on to study law, medicine, journalism, work in social service organizations, and pursue graduate study in a variety of disciplines. An undergraduate major can lead to graduate work in religious studies or religious education. The abilities you have honed as a religious studies major—critical reading, analytical thinking, and writing skills—along with knowledge of global religious traditions, will serve you well in whatever career path you choose.
The best high school or community college preparation for an undergraduate program in religious studies is a good general background in social science and humanities.