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Majoring in Religious Studies

“On matters as diverse as how to drive economic growth, rein in corruption, combat terrorism, mitigate conflict, advance women’s rights and promote public health, religious beliefs shape the views of publics and change-makers near and far." -- Senator John Kerry (Religion and Diplomacy, 2015)

The Department of Religious Studies offers a B.A. in Religion. Religious Studies majors are familiar with Eastern and Western Religions and theories of religion, and they can discuss them critically. They understand how religions are studied and the theories behind the research methods.

All majors plan their coursework with a faculty member who serves as their major advisor. Students may ask any full-time faculty member to serve as their advisor. In consultation with their advisor, majors may petition the department to replace 200-level major requirements with upper-level courses. 

Religious Studies majors go on to a wide range of careers. Many do graduate work in Religious Studies, History, or related fields as preparation for teaching. Some go into law, medicine, government, international service, business, or the ministry.