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Religious Studies

Religion is a central element in contemporary culture, politics, identity and conflict around the world. In the Religious Studies program you will gain an understanding of how religion impacts our political and social systems, explore and analyze religious dimensions of life and culture, as well as develop critical thinking and writing skills.

The study of religion includes not only the traditional areas of sacred texts, myths, rituals, mystical experiences and doctrines, but also the ways in which political, social and economic forces shape these phenomena for religious communities.

In addition to a variety of combined degree programs, we offer the 3+3 BA/JD, which allows high-achieving first-year undergraduate students to be admitted simultaneously to the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (LAS) and the College of Law (LAW). You’ll complete your first three years in LAS and your final three years in LAW.


Sample Courses:

  • Methods and Approaches in the Study of Religion
  • The American Religious Experience
  • Themes in Catholic Social Thought
  • Interpreting Sacred Texts
  • Religion and Popular Culture
  • Religion and Political Conflict
  • Sustainability and Religious Worldviews
  • Religion and Social Engagement

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Career Options

Common Career Areas:

  • Public policy
  • International relations
  • Education
  • Immigration work
  • Social services
  • Law
  • Human rights
  • Conflict resolution and strategy


94 percent of 2016 Religious Studies graduates were employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment after graduation.

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