Explore a World of Ideas.
Religious studies is an interdisciplinary major that explores the belief, nonbelief, rituals, traditions, holidays, and history of the religions of the world. It encourages a well-rounded perspective on the study of humanity from multiple points of view.
The study of religion involves discussions on history, culture, race, society, sexuality, gender, and politics. Belief and nonbelief govern so many aspects of the human experience that in order to understand the world one needs to understand religion.
Courses use a variety of research methods and tools including critical analysis of religious texts, discussion, and student presentations, Using campus resources such as the Quayle Bible Collection, students combine field work with textual study.
Expand Your Insight
Any student of history, art, sociology, or psychology would benefit from the knowledge that religious studies provides.
Religious studies majors gain an understanding of culture on a global scale and may pursue extensive study in world languages, English, history, philosophy, psychology, or sociology. Students have the opportunity to study history, religion, and archaeology abroad.
Our religious studies majors have gone on to land these jobs:
- Charity officer
- Civil service administrator
- Community development worker
- Editorial assistant
- Newspaper journalist
- Social worker
- Youth worker
The Department of History, Culture and Society gives these awards with financial prizes to be applied to the following year’s tuition:
- Mildred Hunt Riddle Departmental Recognition Scholarship for Social Sciences
- Mildred Hunt Riddle Departmental Recognition Scholarship for Philosophy and Religion
- Mildred Hunt Riddle Departmental Recognition Scholarship for History
- Dorothy J. and James F. Hilgenberg Scholarship
- Gilbert and Martha Jane Lewis Ferguson Scholarship
- Brune Memorial Scholarship
- Paul Dick Scholarship
- Warren E. and Marion Rhodes DeSpain Scholarship in Church Leadership
- Thomas G. Manson and Frances B. Manson Scholarship
Religious Studies Course Descriptions
Meet the Faculty
Dr. Nicholaus Pumphrey
Associate Professor of Religious Studies
B.A. Valdosta State University, M.A. Vanderbilt University, Ph.D. Claremont Graduate University
Expertise: Hebrew Bible; ancient Near Eastern history, religion, and literature; pop culture and religion; Islamic studies
Office: Parmentor Hall 17
Dr. Tim Buzzell
Professor of Sociology
B.A., M.P.A. Drake University; Ph.D. Iowa State University
Expertise: Computer crime and Internet deviance, sociology of ritual and holidays, political sociology and extremist groups
Office: Parmenter Hall 16