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Religious Studies Major

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How has religion shaped human history and culture? The religious studies curriculum challenges you to inquire and understand through an exploration of the world's many religious traditions, past and present.

A Powerful Force

From ancient history to today's headlines, religion has operated as a powerful force in human society. Courses within the religious studies curriculum examine the world's major religious traditions while also exploring special topics such as women and religion, religions and the natural environment, and literature and religion. Internships and independent study options are available within the program, and all religious studies majors complete a capstone project.

Liberal Arts Perspective

A religious studies major or religious studies minor complements many other areas of study, broadening perspectives on everything from literature to science to art history to contemporary politics. 

The A. Purnell Bailey Pre-Ministerial Program for Ordained Ministry

The Bailey Scholars program provides support—through financial assistance, mentoring and internships—for students interested in pursuing a calling to ordained ministry. Joe Varner '11, a religious studies major and music and ethics minor, pursued a Master's in Divinity at Duke University following graduation from R-MC.

Beyond R-MC

R-MC has a long tradition of graduates entering ordained ministry, and you will find among alumni a number of former students following a calling to ministry. Recent graduates of R-MC's religious studies program also are pursuing graduate studies at schools including Duke, Princeton, Emory and American University, as well as careers in fields such as business, higher education, music and finance.