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In the Religious Studies minor, you’ll take classes that examine different religions and worldviews from a Christian perspective. The program provides a broad understanding of world religions to help graduates engage respectfully as Christians in today’s pluralistic culture.

Why should I study religious studies?

Our world is deeply religious in many ways. Christians are more likely to encounter individuals shaped by one or more of the known religious traditions than atheism. Engaging culture—whether in business, government, education or legal practice or, simply, for a meaningful appreciation of the human condition—is to engage religious belief and practice. Understanding religious conviction, then, is essential to bearing Christian witness through intellectual and professional engagement in service.

What can I do with this degree?

The minor in religious studies builds a foundation for further studies or careers in:

  • Law
  • Business and finance
  • Government and public service
  • Biblical and theological studies, including seminary education and pastoral ministry
  • Journalism and broadcasting
  • Social work
  • Philosophy

What skills will I develop?

  • Public speaking
  • Critical thinking
  • Writing
  • Research
  • Data evaluation
  • Cross-cultural understanding
  • Interdisciplinary cooperation
  • Contextualized analysis

What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?

Study abroad is an excellent way to experience and engage with other world religions. In addition to the many available off-campus study options, the minor offers a specific study-abroad course experience in Thailand. The Interm term (January) trip provides opportunity to learn about and engage with the diverse religious landscape that includes Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, and other traditional religions of Thailand.

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