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Why Study Religon?

Religion has had and continues to have a profound impact on the lives of individuals and communities across the globe.

The academic study of religion provides students with a powerful lens for examining the values, ideals, practices, and power structures of particular societies. In addition, knowledge of the histories of different religions is vital for the understanding of past and current conflicts, as well as of religious activism concerning human rights, environmental conservation, and an end to global poverty.

What topics will I study?

You will examine an extraordinary wide range of human phenomena: from art and architecture to myths and magic; from the Bible to the Buddha; from religious traditionalism to global transformation.

What methods will I use?

The comparative and cross-cultural study of religion employs methods from a variety of disciplines, including history, classics, anthropology, sociology, media studies, cultural studies, and political science.

What can I do with a Religious Studies major?

Humanitarian Services

  • Development: Economic, Community
  • Disaster/Disease Relief
  • United Nations


  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Multicultural Programming


  • Human Resources
  • Marketing
  • Public Relations

Communications and Arts

  • Writing
  • Publishing
  • Radio, Television, and Film

Social Services

  • Advocacy
  • Counseling
  • Law

Religiously Affiliated Areas

  • Clergy
  • Mission Work
  • Military

Religious studies

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