Religious Studies

The foundation and driving power of cultures

In religious studies we study how the world actually works at its deepest levels. We explore current and past human thought, history, literature, art and philosophy as we study religions. We examine how people believe, how they answer ultimate questions of life, and how those answers influence world events, cultures and economies.

Featured Courses

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

RLST 2010 Ethics and Religion
A study of moral reasoning about personal and social issues in various religious, philosophical and cultural contexts. This is an arguments course.
RLST 3110 Christian Thought
Students in this course will learn about the variety of intellectual traditions within Christianity, including Eastern Orthodoxy, Roman Catholicism and Protestantism.

Degree Options

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

Minor in Religious Studies


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.

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