Why We're Different
Our program is inherently interdisciplinary: Many courses are cross-listed with Psychology; Sociology; Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies; Global Studies; and Classical Studies.
We are located in the Wren Building, the oldest U.S. college building in continuous use
Our Religious Studies students develop analytical and critical writing skills, and strengthen their ability to think and speak for themselves. Our program is guided by how religion forms a basic and essential element of all cultures, including our own. If one is to understand a society, it is vital to study its religious writings and beliefs.
Course topics include biblical studies, Asian religion, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, religious ethics, and American religion. See the Undergraduate Catalog to explore the complete list of Religious Studies courses.
Students interested in deeper exploration of a single topic often complete Independent Studies with a professor of their choice, or write an Honors thesis in their last two semesters. Some professors are involved in research that students can assist with — W&M provides funding for such work.
Rigorous study of the arts and sciences prepares our majors to pursue a wide range of careers, including medicine, law, divinity, teaching, government, and international service, as well as business. Our graduates also find jobs in social work, research, and the military.
Talk to Us
Want to know more? Our current students and faculty want to connect with you.
- Get an inside look: contact a current Religious Studies major
- Talk to a professor: contact [[kavose, Professor Kevin Vose, Department Chair]]