Religious Studies & Sociology/Anthropology

How cultures and humans work.

Study how humans act and interact with their environment (food, housing, terrain), with other species and with other humans. One of the most important ways that humans have interacted, and do interact, is through systems of religions the world over. So, this is the perfect combination of study to gain insights that help us think about human life and history in order to help us understand and improve our world.

Featured Courses

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

RLST 2150 Introduction to Islam
A study of the history, literature, thought and practices of Muslims around the world.
RLST 2160 Introduction to Judaism
An introduction to Jewish history, culture, religion, literature and practices. Modern forms of Jewish practice and identity will be engaged.

Degree Options

Discover your degrees, minors, concentrations and certification options available for this field of study.

Critical thinking and cross-cultural understanding

Religious studies & sociology/anthropolgy train students in critical thinking and cross-cultural understanding.

Powerful forces

Religion is one of the most powerful forces shaping human experience.

Many careers to pursue

Pursue careers in medicine, law, education, social work, government, counseling and journalism, as well as ministry.

Our distinctive strengths

Our scholars become people who understand the deep social movements of humans and societies. They become leaders who can identify cultural bias and be better able to navigate all social situations. They are people who can be institutional and cultural leaders, because they understand deeply how cultures and institutions work.
  • Millsaps is the only school in the state of Mississippi that has a stand-alone Religious Studies department.
  • Our Sociology-Anthropology Department is one of the most active and popular departments on campus.

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

All Millsaps students can take advantage of our study-abroad classes. Millsaps College is ranked as one of the best study-abroad programs in the country! Check out all the opportunities.

More About the Degree

Recent Career Placements

  • Medical Facilities
  • Schools, Colleges & Universities
  • Nonprofits

Postgraduate Study

  • Boston University
  • Harvard University
  • Duke University
  • Emory University
  • Tulane University

Careers of Recent Graduates

  • Leader in community organizations, religious institutions, nonprofits, civic groups
  • Teacher
  • Professor
  • Lawyer
  • Medical fields
  • Higher education administration

Related Areas of Study

  • Neuro- and Cognitive Sciences
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Self-Designed Major
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Philosophy

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