Why Major in Religious Studies?
"If I went back to college today, I think I would probably major in comparative religion. Because that is how integrated it is in everything we are working on and deciding and thinking about in life today."
– Secretary of State John Kerry in a speech on August 7, 2013.
To Ask Profound Questions
Is there a God? What is evil? What did Plato, Pascal, Calvin, and Nietzsche teach about God and free will? How do the Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad differ on the soul and afterlife? Why has Hindu Guru and Goddess worship increased? Was America founded as a religious or secular nation? What are the differences between Jews, Catholics, and Protestants? What role did religion play in the Crusades, Conquest of Mexico, and American Revolution? What impact have liberationist, feminist, cultural studies, and post-colonial movements had on religion and society? What role has religion played in the Northern Ireland, Bosnian, Israeli-Palestinian, 9/11, and Mumbai conflicts? What role did religion play in Barack Obama’s victory in the 2008 Election?
Understand World Religions
To better understand the beliefs, practices, and sacred writings of the 5 billion Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Jews, Buddhists, and other practitioners.
Understand Global Cultures
To better understand people, cultures, societies, and gender dynamics in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean.
To learn about when, where, and how key leaders founded their own religious movements and why their messages attracted the allegiance of the masses.
Understand Global Conflicts
To study religion’s role in global conflicts and peace-building in Palestine, Bosnia, Rwanda, Darfur, India, Northern Ireland, Sri Lanka.
To better understand our nation and your own religion or lack of religion.
Gain Competitive Edge in the Job Market
Studying world religions, culture, conflicts, and foreign languages can set you apart from your competition and give you an edge with the U.S. State Department, multi-national corporations, relief agencies, marketing agencies, Peace Corps, Fulbright Fellowships, teaching pro-grams, and graduate schools.
Be Agents of Change
To study how the world’s most important leaders drew on religious ideas to bring about revolutionary social, cultural, and political change.