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

February 27th, 2017
Please join us for the 2017 Robert A. Burns Lecture, which will be held at the University of Arizona Museum of Art (1031 North Olive Road) at 7:00pm on Monday, February 27, 2017. For this year’s Burns lecture, UA Religious Studies is pleased to...
Religious Studies majors are eligible to apply for two Study Abroad Funding Awards, with deadlines coming up in January 2017: The SILLC Global Award provides up to 3 awards of $1,500-$2,000 for declared SILLC Majors (including Religious Studies...
Dr. Courtney Friesen is conducting a study abroad in Orvieto, Italy for Summer 2017. Dr. Friesen is offering the following courses through UA's Arizona in Italy Study Abroad Program: RELI 280 - Introduction to the New Testament: History, Religion,...
Religious Studies Professor Alex Nava was featured in an Associated Press news article, “Black musicians reflecting turmoil of the times in music,” regarding his expertise in hip hop studies: “These artists are dealing with a lot of things that they...