Studying religion requires students to develop intellectual habits that can be applied to any area of life. Students learn to read texts carefully, to think independently, to engage in thoughtful analysis of data from a variety of perspectives, and to express their own ideas in written and oral form.
Students will also be challenged to reflect upon, appreciate, and be open to criticism, practices, beliefs and institutions of other cultures as well as their own. Through this exposure, students come to better understand the world, themselves, and their place in the world.
Many of our students pursue graduate work to further their knowledge of religion and religious studies. Universities have included:
- Yale School of Divinity
- Emory University
- Pacific School of Religion
- University of California Hastings College of Law
- University of California, Davis
- New York University
The Religious Studies Department has recently entered into an agreement with Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA, providing a flexible and relatively local opportunity for our majors looking to do a graduate degree in the field. For more information, click here.
Religious Studies provides a foundation for students to become citizen-leaders in a variety of careers, including ministry or a church-related vocation, teaching, journalism, publishing, film, law, government, business, non-profit organizations, social work, nursing, and medicine.