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Better understand humanity and yourself

Religion touches nearly every aspect of our world and society—literature, politics, current events, history, personal interactions and more.

Contemplate the ultimate questions, think critically and creatively about world religions, and analyze religious texts from various perspectives. You'll be challenged to become a more compassionate, empathetic and self-aware global citizen.

Interdisciplinary approach

One of our most popular classes, Being Awesome at Life, examines the definition of a good life across cultures and throughout history. Science and Religion takes a serious look at scientific and religious claims to find overlaps of agreement.

Other classes cover major world religions and how they relate to fields like ethics, archaeology, philosophy and environmental studies.

Your education won't end in the classroom. Join one of our very active student-run religious life groups. Study abroad through our Global Opportunities program to get a firsthand look at the religions of the world in Europe, Asia, Africa or South America.

Broad-based skills

About a third of our students go on to seminary at schools like United Lutheran Seminary, Princeton Theological Seminary and Yale Divinity School.

The rest acquire essential skills that translate into success in a variety of professions, including social work, non-governmental organizations and writing. Our graduates know how to think critically across disciplines; write clearly and concisely; handle conflicts and disagreement with grace; and encourage productive dialogue.

Our students go on to study at:

Alvernia College
Drew University
Johns Hopkins University
Kent State University
Methodist Theological School in Ohio
Ohio State University
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Princeton Theological Seminary
Union Theological Seminary, New York
United Lutheran Seminary
University of Central Florida
Yale Divinity School

Our students find jobs at:

Coalition for Christian Outreach
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Corporation for National & Community Service (AmeriCorps)
Department of Community and Economic Development
Esperanza Academy (Lawrence, Mass.)
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Holleran Center for Community Engagement
Lutheran World Relief
Teach for America
United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Requirements for the Major in Religious Studies. Majors in religious studies complete at least 36 semester hours in the discipline with grades of C- or better. To ensure both breadth and depth of study, there is one compulsory course, and the remaining 32 semester hours must include at least one course from each of the four subject areas identified below. At least 20 of the 32 semester hours must be taken at the 200 level or higher. Topics courses and independent study courses may be given a subject area designation by the instructor in consultation with the department. The compulsory course does not count toward the subject area distribution requirement.

Double-counting restriction: students majoring in religious studies may double-count a maximum of 12 semester hours toward another major.

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4          Compulsory Course for the Religious Studies Major

RELI-101 Introduction to Religious Studies

            Subject Area Courses

16        Must include at least one course from each of the four subject areas from Primary Religious Texts, Ethics, Non-Western Religions and Contemporary issues in Religion

            Elective Courses

16        Elective courses can be additional courses within the four subject areas or other courses identified below. At least 20 of the 32 semester hours taken to fulfill the subject area and elective requirements must be at the 200 level or above.

4          Primary Religious Texts

RELI-103 The New Testament
RELI-201 The Hebrew Bible
RELI-203 The Historical Jesus
RELI-207 Women in the Biblical Tradition
RELI-300 The Book of Revelation and Zombie Apocalypses

4          Ethics

RELI-102 Applied Biblical Ethics
RELI-107 Faiths and Values
RELI-115 Jewish Philosophy and Ethics
RELI-117 Introduction to Asian Religions
RELI-203 The Historical Jesus
RELI-208 Buddhism
RELI-235 Environmental Ethics
RELI-315 Being Awesome At Life
RELI-316 Daoism, Zen and Authenticity
RELI-318 Confucian Ethics

4          Non-Western Religions

RELI-105 World Religions
RELI-117 Introduction to Asian Religions
RELI-120 Introduction to Islam
RELI-208 Buddhism
RELI-225 Women in Religion
RELI-316 Daoism, Zen and Authenticity
RELI-318 Confucian Ethics

4          Contemporary Issues in Religion

RELI-102 Applied Biblical Ethics
RELI-107 Faiths and Values
RELI-113 Introduction to Judaism
RELI-208 Buddhism
RELI-220 Magic, Witchcraft and Religion
RELI-225 Women in Religion
RELI-235 Environmental Ethics
RELI-350 Science and Religion
RELI-360 Religious Fundamentalisms in the Modern World

            Electives

RELI-209 The Bible and Archaeology
RELI-210 Philosophy of Religion
RELI-215 Music in Christian Rituals
RELI-309 Luther: Life and Thought
RELI-312 Church History: Early and Medieval
RELI-313 Church History: 1500 to the Present
RELI-500 Capstone

Minor in Religious Studies. Students minoring in religious studies complete 20 semester hours in the discipline with grades of C- or better. Students consult with an assigned minor adviser to select both upper- and lower-level courses. Of the five courses, at least two must be at the 200 level or above.

Double-counting restriction: Only 12 semester hours may double-count with another major or minor.

Karla G. Bohmbach, Ph.D.

Department: Religious Studies
Professor of Religious Studies

Emailbohmbach@susqu.edu
Phone570-372-4167

Jeffrey K. Mann, Ph.D.

Department: Religious Studies
Associate Professor of Religious Studies

Emailjmann@susqu.edu
Phone570-372-4165

Thomas W. Martin, D.Phil.

Department: Religious Studies
Associate Professor of Religious Studies

Emailmartintw@susqu.edu
Phone570-372-4166

Matthew L. Duperon, Ph.D.

Department: Religious Studies
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

Emailduperon@susqu.edu
Phone570-372-4741

Contact Us

Department of Religious Studies

514 University Ave.
Selinsgrove, Pa. 17870

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Bogar Hall

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Phone & Email

Karla Bohmbach, department head
570-372-4167
bohmbach@susqu.edu

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