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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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...
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7:00pm @ The Poetry Center Guest Lecture by Jonathan Hess Dr. Hess will explore the real and symbolic roles that the theatre played in shaping Jewish identity and the relations between Germans and Jews in the centuries before the Holocaust. Dr. Hess...
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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...
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The Religious Studies Program is pleased to announce the recipients of the Lionel Rombach and Ora Bretall Scholarships for 2015-2016. The scholarship amounts range from $1,000-$2,000 and are applied to the educational expenses of Religious Studies...
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Dr. Courtney Friesen is conducting a study abroad in Orvieto for Summer 2017. You will be able to take the courses: RELI 280 - Introduction to the New Testament: History, Religion, and  Literature (Gen Ed Tier 2 Humanities)  CLAS/RELI 306 - The...
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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...
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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...
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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. The two Swaim Award...
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Professor Andrea McComb Sanchez will present "The Role of Religion in the Colonization and Consolidation of the American Southwest" at the Colonial Conquest in the Nazi East and the American West: Value and Limits of Comparative Approaches Symposium...
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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. Over the years, many of our students have visited the Islamic Center of...
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