“Religious studies” introduces students both to the academic study of religion and spirituality and also to the variety of religious traditions around the world (Hinduism and Buddhism; Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; indigenous religious traditions in North America and in Africa).  In addition, students with a particular interest may pursue the study of “religion and film” or “spirituality and wellness.” Because religion is deeply implicated in history, culture, politics, and literature, the study of religion is critical to understanding and explaining complex global issues in both the past and the present. One does not have to be “religious” or “spiritual” to study religion, nor is the study of religion directed toward establishing the truth of one religion over another.

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Arts in religion

Minors Offered

Religion minor

Other information

All coursework taken for the religion major or minor must be completed with a grade of “C-“ or better.


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