Religious Studies can take you in many unique directions

Religious Studies at the University of Arizona provides students with a deeper understanding of global cultures through the academic study of world religions. The Religious Studies major enhances any career path through developing intercultural competence and higher-level thinking skills.

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Religious Studies is proud to announce the 2018-19 Rombach & Bretall Award Winners


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

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Professor Daisy Vargas has been selected to the 2019-2020 cohort of the Young Scholars in American Religion Program. The prestigious program aims to train and mentor the next generation of leading teachers and scholars in American religion. The...
McComb Sanchez delivers lecture in Great Hall at Yale
Last week, Professor Andrea McComb Sanchez delivered lectures at a Barnard College/Columbia University and Yale University. On April 8, Professor McComb Sanchez lectured on "Becoming a Tradition: Pueblo Indian Patron Saint Feast Days as Resistance...
College of Humanities double major Rob Lisak is featured as the UA Honors College student of the week.  Lisak majors in Religious Studies and East Asian Studies and talked with the Honors College about his experiences studying abroad in Hangzhou.  ...
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Brett Esaki recently published an article in CrossCurrents titled, “Japanese American Spiritual Ambiguity and Arts of Silence.” It describes the challenge of making political art that communicates an experience of ambiguity. You can find the article...
Three Religious Studies majors presented papers at the American Academy of Religion/Western Region annual conference. This was just the second year that undergraduate papers have been accepted and the University of Arizona is the only university to...
A $50,000 commitment from Dr. Ross Schwartzberg will establish a new scholarship for UA students majoring in Religious Studies for Health Professionals, as well as an annual lecture series focusing on health and religion. Dr. Schwartzberg, who...
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The Department of Religious Studies and Classics is happy to announce the winners of the Lionel Rombach and Ora Bretall Awards for the 2018-2019 academic year.  Awardees for the Ora Bretall Award are (alphabetical by last name): Lindsay Briese,...
Robert Lisak
Religious Studies major Robert Lisak has been awarded the SILLC Global Award. This very competitive award will help fund Rob's participation in the Arizona in Hangzhou: Chinese Culture and Buddhism Study Abroad program. Rob says "My college path has...

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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