"Religion is the state of being grasped by an ultimate concern, a concern which qualifies
all other concerns as preliminary and which itself contains the answer to the question
of a meaning of our life." Paul Tillich
The discipline of Religious Studies explores the relationship between humans and the ultimate reality. You’ll study the beliefs, practices, and behaviors of the major world religions, with a focus on Christianity, its sacred texts, and theology. You’ll also examine the spiritual impact of religion on individuals and community in the past and in the present.
You’ll have significant freedom to form your program in the direction of your interest. You can choose a more general analysis of the world religions or you can make a more intensive study of Christianity with electives.
Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies
Students must complete at least 33-34 hours of religious studies for the major.
A minor in Religious Studies is also offered. Students must complete at least 18 hours of religious studies for the minor.
The Religious Studies major helps prepare students for seminary studies, graduate school, and/or a career in Christian ministry. Students can use this degree in any career that values critical thinking and sensitivity to human motivation, and includes working with diverse communities of belief.
Those who work in social services often find that religious studies complements their interests.
Meet the Faculty
Professor of Religious Studies