"Understanding different national, cultural and religious traditions is no longer a luxury. It is now a necessity and must become a priority." -- Karen Armstrong, Historian
Religion has held a central place in civilizations throughout 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.
Students who complete the Religious Studies major will understand the relationship between religion and culture, analyze the effects of value systems on individuals, apply appropriate methods of research and argumentation, communicate their findings in clear well-reasoned writing, and demonstrate literacy concerning the major religions of the world. Learn more about our program below.