Politics & Religion

Discussing religion & politics

They say one shouldn’t discuss religion and politics. Well, we’re breaking that rule. Religion and politics is an interdisciplinary major between the Government and Politics Department and the Religious Studies Department. The major proceeds under the assumption that one’s religion shapes political beliefs and one’s political beliefs shape our religion. This major gives students greater insight into the dynamics between politics and religion and enhances their ability to assess the impact they have on one another.

Featured Courses

Here is a sampling of a few courses that might pique your interest.

GOVT 2650 Political Theory
An inquiry into the basic principles of social and political organization, with special emphasis on concepts of government, justice, punishment, family, property, work and peace.
RLST 2110 Judaism, Christianity & Islam
A study of the history, literature, thought and practices of Judaism, Christianity and Islam with attention to their connections with one another.

Degree Options

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82.8% of the global population still identifies with one of the world’s major religions.*


According to some estimates, there are over 4,000 religions, faiths groups, and denominations that exist around the world today.


There are over 159 different political groups in the world that have over 100,000 members.
*Index Mundi’s world demographics.

Our distinctive strengths

In a world of conflict where intercultural understanding is of ever-growing importance, a politics and religion major offers profound encounters with other people’s ways of imagining, thinking and living.
  • Millsaps is the only school in the state of Mississippi that has a stand-alone Religious Studies Department.
  • The close proximity of Millsaps College to state government, city government, political party offices and countless interest groups presents unmatched opportunities for internships.
  • Small class sizes ensure you will get the attention you need from professors as well as promote discussions in ways that a larger classroom setting cannot.

Gain hands-on experience


Our curriculum emphasizes problem solving and critical thinking skills essential to any career (and therefore any Pathway), as well as scientific writing and experimentation skills that may be especially critical to students interested in any of our six Pathways tracks.

Study Abroad

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