The Department of Religious Studies offers an undergraduate program that explores the religious dimension in human life and the role of religion in human affairs.
The academic study of religion is integral to a liberal education. It provides you with an opportunity to discover the breadth of religious experience, sharpen your appreciation ofdiversity in human culture, and probe questions of human values.
While we emphasize the Christian context, we encourage you to explore, understand and appreciate the variety of faiths and religious communities.
Majors in art, child development, dance, education, history, music, psychology and social work find religious studies professionally enhancing. In fact, many students choose a double major, combining religious studies with another area to achieve their educational goals.
In addition to standard courses, you may wish to benefit from individualized directed study, independent study, field education, service learning, study abroad, and co-op learning. Students with appropriate professional experience may receive limited credit for their prior experiential learning. Cumulative average of 3.0 (B) or better in the major or minor courses is required.
Religious studies is an excellent foundation for a career in an education-related field, or in human services.
A concentration in religious studies is most often required for professional careers in church ministry, e.g. counseling, youth ministry, social outreach, teaching, and worship.
Your studies will also prepare you for positions of leadership in education, health care, religious journalism, publishing and other community services.
You may wish to pursue graduate studies in pastoral ministry, religious education, religious studies or theology to qualify for positions in higher education, research, and consulting.