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In the program in Religion, students examine the nature of religion and the forms its various expressions have taken. Religion is studied as an academic discipline and the program’s approach reflects no doctrinal bias. The purposes of the program are to introduce the field of religion in general; to present the thoughts, documents and history of major religious traditions (both Eastern and Western, ancient and modern, missionary and tribal); and to give students insight into specific religious issues and thinkers. The program consists of a series of core courses taught by specialists in the field, augmented by other religion courses offered by faculty in 8 participating departments or divisions: Anthropology, Africana and Puerto Rican/Latino Studies, Chinese, Classics, Hebrew, History, Philosophy and Sociology. The program is divided into four categories of courses: Introduction to the field of religion (basic introductory courses); Theoretical studies in religion (courses focusing on different methodological approaches to the study of religion); Issues in religion (courses dealing with religious experience, faith, ethics, religion and the arts); and Religious traditions (courses in major religious traditions).

What can I do with my degree in Religion?

Studying theology and religious studies gives you a thorough understanding of the major world religions, their historical development and their relationship with the world we live in.  Graduates continue to careers in religion, law, education, business, journalism, social work, medicine and health care.

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