Religion Majors inducted into TAK Religion Honors Society, April 2015Religion Majors inducted into TAK Religion Honors Society, April 2015

“I often say that if I headed back to college today, I would major in comparative religions … That is because religious actors and institutions are playing an influential role in every region of the world and on nearly every issue central to U.S. foreign policy.”
               -Secretary of State John Kerry, September 14, 2015

Why Study Religion?

The study of religion has been one of the most important fields of academic study since the first colleges and universities were formed! There are many reasons to study religion:

  • Religion is a powerful and often central part of the lives of individuals and groups

  • Religion is an important factor in contemporary politics, business, and international affairs

  • Studying religion develops an understanding of people and groups that is useful for any career path

  • Studying religion teaches important skills (critical thinking, good writing, detail-oriented reading) that prepare one for future success

What Do We Study?

We study the roles religion plays in human life:

  • The richness and diversity of human religious life

  • Similarity and difference within and among religious traditions

  • Questions of meaning as raised around the world

  • Connections among religion, culture, and society

Double Majors

The study of religion enriches studies in other disciplines. Our students often double major. Some recent double majors include: 

  • Neuroscience
  • Economics
  • Psychology
  • International Relations
  • Politics
  • Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Modern Languages 

Photo Galleries

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    A group of Tibetan monks visited campus for four days to create a Tibetan Buddhist Sand Mandala. The four day ritual involved art, music, and performance – and was done in a public place where people observed the process that is understood to bring healing and peace.


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