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 2017-18 Rombach and 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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Professor Brett Esaki's essay "Whiteness Studies--Why Not to Teach it (As an Untentured Professor)" was recently published in the American Academy of Religion's professonal magazine Religious Studies News in the "Spotlight on Teaching" special issue...
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Applications are now being taken for the Rombach and Bretall Scholarships for the academic year 2018-2019. The application deadline is November 16, 2018. Scholarship applications should be submitted to the front desk in Learning Services Building...
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November 19th, 2018
Jones Benally is a leading Hataali (Traditional Healer) of the Dineh (Navajo) tradition from Big Mountain, Arizona. He was awarded the first "Hoop-Dance Legacy Award" by the Heard Museum in Phoneix in 2013 for his training of hundreds of hoop...
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Professor Brett Esaki has been invited by the Department of Philsophy and Religious Studies at Middle Tennessee State to give a public lecture entitled "Legacy of Dominance in Japanese American Monuments." The lecture will be September 14, 2018 in...
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The Department of Religious Studies and Classics hosted local high school students enrolled in AP World History courses. Over two days (Oct. 8-9), the visiting students met with Professors Alison Jameson and Robert Stephan and attended several...
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On November 13, 2018, Prof. Rae Dachille's Tibetan Buddhism class (RELI 358) was joined by several prominent Tibetan ascetics and researchers, including Venerable Ani Thukden Dema, a nun studying as part of Emory Tibet Science Initiative (ETSI); ...
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In their new book Nine Nights of the Goddess: The Navarātri Festival in South Asia (SUNY Press), UA Religious Studies Professor Caleb Simmons, Dr. Moumita Sen (University of Oslo), and Professor Hillary Rodrigues (University of Lethbridge) bring...
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Professor Daisy Vargas on Arizona360
Professor Daisy Vargas was recently featured on Arizona Public Media's weekly public affairs show Arizona360. In the episode that aired on September 21, 2018, Professor Vargas discusses the impact of the recent sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic...
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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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Samir Madden
B.A.
Religious Studies
2016
B.A.
History
2016
Vijay Patel
B.A.
Religious Studies
2008
B.S.
Molecular & Cellular Biology
2008
Alicia Ramirez Borbon
B.A.
Religious Studies
2014
B.S.
Psychology
2014