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.

Beloved Professor Retires after 50 Years at the University of Arizona

Dr. Donna Swaim will be retiring in May 2014. Now in her 50th year as an educator at the University of Arizona, Dr. Swaim has touched thousands of students' lives. Teaching her first course at the University of Arizona in the spring of 1964, Dr. Swaim has shared her passion for undergraduate education in numerous settings, including 5 years teaching English Composition, 35 years teaching in the Interdisciplinary Humanities Program, and 10 years teaching in the Religious Studies Program. Dr.

Rombach and Bretall Scholarships

Now accepting applications for 2014 Rombach and Bretall Scholarships.

The Religious Studies Program is now accepting applications for the Rombach and Bretall Scholarships for the academic year 2014-2015. The application deadline is November 21, 2014. Scholarship applications should be submitted to the front desk in Learning Services Building 203. If you received a Rombach or Bretall scholarship in the past we would remind you that it is non-renewable and you are not eligible for another scholarship. One scholarship per person.

New Fall Semester Course: Globalization, Indigenous Peoples, Ecocide, and Imprisonment

In Fall 2014, Professor Julian Kunnie will teach for the first time RELI 315: Globalization, Indigenous Peoples, Ecocide, and Imprisonment. RELI 315 is both a General Education Diversity Emphasis course and a General Education Tier II Individuals & Societies course.  RELI 315 is scheduled for 3:30-6:00pm on Mondays. Dr. Kunnie is the author of a new book, Globalization and Its Impact: The Earth, Ecology, Indigenous Peoples, The Poor, Women, and The Incarcerated.

Religious Studies Major Heading to Yale Divinity School

Dax William Crocker—a Religious Studies major and Honors College student—has been accepted into the Master of Divinity program at Yale Divinity School. Founded in 1701, Yale Divinity School is one the nation’s leading institutes for graduate-level theological study. Dax will start graduate studies there in the fall of 2014, and also plans to later pursue a Doctorate in Theology in order to teach at the university level or to serve as a chaplain in either the United States military or Congress.

Dr. Karen K. Seat

Dr. Karen Seat specializes in U.S. religious history, American evangelicalism, and gender studies. She has served as the director of the Religious Studies Program since 2012. Her publications include “Providence Has Freed Our Hands”: Women’s Missions and the American Encounter with Japan (Syracuse University Press), on nineteenth-century Protestant women's mission movements and their impact on American ideologies regarding gender, race, Christianity, and civilization.

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 5:00pm
Dr. Oberman's lecture will be a response to Daniel Sullivan's lecture last month addressing religion, theodicy,...
Fri, 11/21/2014 - 5:00pm
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