» Academic Programs in Religious Studies

Professor Bidmead and studentstudentsThe Religious Studies Department offers academic programs designed to address some of the most interesting and compelling aspects of human life. Religious Studies courses are international in scope and cover a broad range of religious traditions and contemporary issues. The requirements for the Religious Studies academic programs are designed to be flexible and can be tailored to each student’s individual interests and personal and professional goals.  In addition to developing essential skills for critical thinking and ethical decision-making, students completing the major in religious studies will be able to:

  • Analyze and assess the global range of religious beliefs and practices in historical and cultural context
  • Appraise the roles religion plays in community and cultural life
  • Synthesize research results and formulate written arguments on topics in religious studies

+ - Requirements for the Major and Minor

Major and Minor Shared Requirements:marvandstudents

Foundation Courses introducing students to:

  • The Study of Religion
  • The Religions of the World

Electives selected from three areas:

  • Scriptures and Traditions
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Religion, Ethics and Society

Junior-Senior Seminar 

Additional Major Requirements:

Majors also select 3 additional courses in an individualized area of concentration, working closely with faculty advisors and culminating a capstone research project.  Students are encouraged to study abroad and incorporate internships into their academic program.  For those students wanting to study primary religious texts in their original languages, our faculty can provide individualized instruction in languages such as Hebrew, Coptic, and Greek.

Double Majoring and Minoring in Other Fields:

The Religious Studies major is streamlined to facilitate students’ double-majoring or minoring in a second field.  Many of our students double major in fields such as philosophy, political science, film, English literature, psychology, the arts, and music.  For those wishing to minor in an additional field, Wilkinson offers complementary interdisciplinary minors in addition to those in standard disciplines:

+ - G.E. Inter/Multidisciplinary Clusters in Religious Studies

Students interested in Religious Studies, but not majoring or minoring in religion, may choose to enroll in one of the following General Education Inter/Multidisciplinary Clusters:mosque rug

  • Religion and the Arts
  • Histories and Religions:  Judaism, Christianity and Islam
  • Comparative World Religions
  • Histories and Religions of the East
  • Asian Studies

For further information see General Education at Chapman University


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