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Alumni Story

Why I Chose Religious Studies

The knowledge I received is applicable every day, no matter where I am in life.

Blayne Roach
B.A. Religious Studies, B.S. Physiology, Biochemistry 2018
Medical Scribe, Retina Associates

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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

Donna Swaim, a revered teacher and mentor whose 50-year University of Arizona career stretched broadly across campus, from humanities to medicine to athletics, and included trips to dozens of countries for student study abroad, has passed away. She...
The Department of Religious Studies and Classics is happy to announce the winners of the Lionel Rombach and Ora Bretall Scholarship Awards for the 2020-2021 academic year.  Awardees for the Ora Bretall Award are (alphabetical by last name): Jillian...
Dr. Vijay Patel, a 2008 graduate in Religious Studies now working as Director of Dental Services at Marana Health Center, is the College of Humanities 2020 Young Professional Achievement Award recipient.   Patel graduated with honors from the...

Alumni News & Directory

Our Religious Studies majors have gone on to exciting careers around the world in a wide variety of industries. See what you can do with your degree.
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Leigh Jensen
Religious Studies
Creative Writing
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Religious Studies
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Religious Studies
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