Religious Studies

Religion, a major force in human experience, is infused throughout our endeavors — art, literature, science, politics, architecture, music, psychology and more. Religion is relevant to the most fundamental questions that we ask, and it is central to our quest for meaning.

The Religious Studies Department reflects the multifaceted nature of religion and offers students the means to enhance their understanding of religion as an important aspect of human experience. By examining religion in the context of society, history and culture, students deepen their knowledge of various religious traditions and learn to appreciate the beliefs of all people within their distinct heritages. Students also study current, complex issues from both theological and moral viewpoints.

Most courses fulfill Core Curriculum requirements and include such topics as world religions, science and religion, psychology and religion, biblical studies, morality, the existence of God, and the history of Christianity. Religious studies majors are found in a variety of careers, as religion plays an increasingly important role in the global economy and politics. In addition to further study in religion, majors pursue such professional programs as medicine and law, promoting understanding and communication across spiritual and cultural divides.