Religious Studies can take you in many unique directions

"If I went back to college today, I think I would probably major in comparative religion, because that's how integrated it is in everything that we are working on and deciding and thinking about in life today."
—John Kerry, U.S. Secretary of State

Why Study Religion?

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.

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News & Events

Thursday, April 21, 2016
This year, the Donna Swaim International Award for Religious Studies will fund two Religious Studies majors participating in the 2016 Arizona in India study abroad program, led by Religious Studies Professor Caleb Simmons.
Thursday, February 18, 2016
A core mission of Religious Studies at the University of Arizona is to foster deeper understanding of the complex religious traditions in our community and around the world.
Monday, February 15, 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.