Student-Centered Programs


Students majoring in Religious Studies will focus on learning the following skills:

  • Critical thinking: Evaluate sources from and about religious traditions based on their claims, supporting evidence, and reasoning, employing the critical methods and approaches of the academic study of religion.
  • Communication: Make effective, clear, and valid arguments about religion, based in relevant and appropriate sources, in speech and writing.
  • Engagement Across Perspectives: Recognize and analyze religions from a wide range of geographies and time periods.
  • Quantitative/Data Reasoning: Identify and analyze relevant data academically to answer questions and support arguments about religions.

The undergraduate program offers courses that focus on a wide range of cultures, religions, and traditions globally. We have offered study abroad programs before Covid and plan to do so again beginning in Spring 2025. We highly encourage students to work closely with faculty members in order to prepare them for future graduate and professional work. We also offer extracurricular opportunities on and off campus. For students interested in advancing and their research interests and skills, the Honors Program allows successful students to choose a faculty member to serve as their advisor for a resulting Honors Thesis.

The graduate program further advances students in their research and career interests within the field of Religious Studies. By providing courses on disciplinary theories and methods, along with thematic courses, the graduate program allows students to gain skills in research, writing, and teaching. While many of our graduate students have continued their studies by enrolling in doctoral programs, we also aim to successfully prepare students for non-academic pursuits.