Why Study

Religion is central to the human experience.
Religion has been a central force in world history, and it continues to play a powerful role in the human experience. The dynamic traditions of world religions, the role of religion in global politics, the relationship of religion and science, and the religious dimensions of art and culture, are among the many issues that draw students to the study of religion at the University of Arizona. The faculty and associated faculty of the Religious Studies Program are committed to introducing students to a broad spectrum of religious traditions and their social and historical impact.

A Religious Studies degree can lead to almost any career.
Religious Studies majors have pursued careers in a wide variety of fields, including business, government, medicine, law, education, and social services. The Religious Studies major provides students with a broad understanding of human diversity, the complexities of social and cultural systems of thought, and the human pursuit of meaning. Combined with core academic skills in written and oral communication, the Religious Studies major prepares students to become independent thinkers and problem solvers in the twenty-first century.

Religious Studies to launch Study Abroad Program in India, Summer 2016

In Summer 2016 Religious Studies will launch "Arizona in India," a study abroad program in Mysore, India. The program will be led by Religious Studies professor Caleb Simmons and offer two courses for 6 units of UA credit.

To see program and application details see: https://global.arizona.edu/study-abroad/program/arizona-india-religion-and-life-mysore

Dr. Foley Receives Slater Fellowship

Dr. Peter Foley, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Director of the Institute for the Study of Religion and Culture (ISRC), and Faculty Associate in the Division for Late Medieval and Reformation Studies has been elected to the Slater Fellowship at the University of Durham in England. He will spend the Fall 2015 semester in residency at Durham Castle and working in the Cathedral Library. Specializing in the history of ideas in early modern Europe, Dr.

Religious Studies Major Awarded Full-Tuition Scholarship to Law School

Thomas (T.J.) Mitchell Jr., a double major in Religious Studies and PPEL (Philosophy, Politics, Economics & Law), has been awarded a full-tuition scholarship by the ASU Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law. He will begin law school there in Fall 2015. T.J., who will graduate from the University of Arizona in May, has valued his experience as a Religious Studies major: “The Religious Studies program at the University of Arizona doesn’t only teach you about religion; it teaches you about people . . . .

Pre-Med Religious Studies Major Receives Swaim Award for Study Abroad in Costa Rica

Tiffany Lee, a pre-med undergraduate triple majoring in Religious Studies, Creative Writing, and Nutritional Sciences, is the first recipient of the Donna Swaim International Award for Religious Studies. This award will provide funding for her to travel to Costa Rica during the summer of 2015 to participate in the Global Medcats International Program.

11 Reasons to major in the Humanities(FROM BUSINESS INSIDER)

“If you're smart about it and do something like what Logitech CEO Bracken Darrell suggests and supplement the major with in-demand skills, you're a member of an ‘endangered species’ who can think and write well, and for whom there's a surprising amount of demand.”


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