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  • Portrait of Dr. Larycia Hawkins

    Dr. Larycia Hawkins will present the 2021 Brooks Lecture, "The Soft Bigotry of Interreligious Space...and Beyond" on April 13.

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  • Potrait of Richard Freund

    Dr. Richard Freund will present the 2021 Batchelder Lecture, "The Archaeology of Jewish Resistance in the Holocaust," April 18.

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  • During this time of remote learning, we want to ensure that you have the information you need to be successful. Use this page as a resource for contacts and other information.

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  • Native American Religions is a course in the sacred stories, symbols and ceremonies of Native American peoples.

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  • Spirituality & Wellness

    In "Spirituality & Wellness", we will explore topics such as: the nature of spirituality; mindfulness, meditation and wellness; spirituality and public health; spiritual wellness on campuses; and ecospirituality.

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  • religion & film

    Our "Religion & Film" course we explore the various ways in which movies treat religion or religious topics.

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A Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies is now available on-campus or fully on-line.

Religious Studies is the interdisciplinary, academic study of religious beliefs, behaviors, and institutions.

Religion is a force in literature, art, music, politics, ethics, societal development, and economics. Through the centuries, religion has inspired progress in the battle for human rights, social justice, tolerance, and peace as well as genocide and war. An understanding of the role of religion world-wide is critical to a liberal arts education and a responsible citizenry. 

To major in religion (i.e. religious studies) means to pursue the academic study of religion from a variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives, including:

  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Sociology
  • Textual analysis

Because religion is deeply implicated in history, culture, politics, and literature, the study of religion is critical to understanding and explaining complex global issues in both the past and the present. 

One does not have to be “religious” or “spiritual” to study religion, nor is the study of religion directed toward establishing the truth of one religion over another. Since religious studies is an interdisciplinary field of study, students may use the major in religion in many different ways, including preparation for graduate school, as a major or second major in a program of study leading to a career in business, health care, or teaching, as well as for personal enrichment.

In addition to a number of professional options, the basic intellectual purpose of religious studies is to develop an appreciation for, an understanding of, and a critical insight into, the rich variety of the world’s religious and spiritual traditions in the complex global realities of the twenty-first century.