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Why Study Religion?

Religion has held a central place in civilizations througout history and around the globe. We find religion at the center of humanitarian work and global conflict, in towns and neighborhoods, and in people's individual search for meaning. The academic study of religion does not promote or reject any particular religion. Rather, we examine all forms of religious practice and belief, using the methods of many different disciplines, such as history, anthropology, gender studies, philosophy, and textual studies. Religious Studies majors learn critical thinking, cultural understanding, and strong communications skills.

What Can I Do With A Religious Studies Degree?

The Religious Studies Major prepares students for careers in a variety of fields, including law, journalism, non-profits, NGOs, church and ministry, the Foreign Service, management, international business, public policy, the hospitality industry, and teaching. The major pairs perfectly with almost any other major, given the significant flexibility that majors have in choosing their coursework.

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A Place of Learning and Sharing

The Religious Studies Program at USU was the first such degree program in the Intermountain West and was bolstered by financial support from individuals statewide. Our faculty come from departments across the University, including Anthropology, Art History, English, History, and Philosophy.

The Religious Studies Program is affiliated with The Intermountain West Journal of Religious Studies. This is the only peer-reviewed journal that publishes exclusively student-written articles in Religious Studies. The journal is designed to promote the academic study of religion at the graduate and undergraduate levels and USU students have the opportunity to get involved with its production.

"A well-educated person ought to have a basic understanding of each of the world's religions. Historically, the relgious impulse to believe in a supernatural or divine being and to constuct a purpose for human existence is found in all peoples throughout recorded history,. This impulse is deeply felt by many today, both for good and ill. A religious studies program will begin the process of asking why believe and act as we do"
- Hardy Redd, '61, trustee of the Charles and Annaley Redd Foundation