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Alumni Story

Why I Chose Religious Studies

Understanding the patient and where they come from really improves how you treat that person.

Vijay Patel
B.A. Religious Studies, B.S. Molecular & Cellular Biology 2008
Director of Dental Services, MHC Healthcare

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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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Meet Blayne

With an education in religious studies as well as physiology and biochemistry, Blayne will be a compassionate clinician, with the ability to empathize and care for the whole person.

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News & Events

Religious Studies is now accepting applications for the Rombach and Bretall Scholarships. The application deadline is November 1, 2021.  Awards will be made based on academic achievement, need, and seniority in the Religious Studies Program (the...
Arizona in India Students have the opportunity to earn 6 units of Religious Studies credit in summer 2022 through the Arizona in India study abroad program, led by Professor Caleb Simmons. Funding is available (see below). Courses Professor Simmons...
Oct 12
Religious healing in the U.S. Southwest, particularly among Mexican Americans, has a multi-faceted profile including pilgrimage, prayer, saint veneration, channeling spirits, herbal remedies, and energy manipulation. How did the diversity of Mexican...

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
B.A.
Religious Studies
2015
B.A.
Creative Writing
2015
photo of Samir in graduation robe with his service dog
Samir Madden
B.A.
Religious Studies
2016
B.A.
History
2016
Vijay Patel
B.A.
Religious Studies
2008
B.S.
Molecular & Cellular Biology
2008