Department Chairperson: Dr. Wioleta Polinska
Religious Studies Faculty
In Religious Studies courses, students are invited to deepen their understanding, appreciation and toleration of religious traditions and the religious dimension of humanity through a variety of learning opportunities and academic methods.
The aims of religious studies are to analyze and understand the structure and diversity of religious phenomena. The study of various religions provides the basis for identifying what is similar and unique in the historical religious traditions. Complementing this approach are opportunities for concentrated study of several specific religions or concentration on a specific dimension of one religion, such as the study of the sacred scripture of that religious community.
Courses in religious studies may lead toward: a) graduate study, b) seminary and professional ministry, c) careers in social and/or religious service agencies, d) support of other majors dealing with religious beliefs and behavior and e) careers requiring religious knowledge, such as religious journalism. In addition, students are encouraged to consult with faculty in Religious Studies to discover ways the study of religion can complement the student's personal and vocational goals. In this regard, double majors are frequently encouraged.
Degree offered: B.A.