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Looking at the heart of religious studies
Better understand humanity, and yourself, by majoring or minoring in religious studies at Susquehanna.
You'll gain the religious literacy essential to comprehend and work in our increasingly globalized society.
Courses are offered on all major religions, as well as magic, music, ethics and even one on what Being Awesome at Life means.
Religious studies give you the space to look at how people think about ultimate questions, whether or not you identify as religious.
Religion touches nearly every aspect of our world and society. Literature, politics, current events, history and personal interactions are all influenced by religious understanding.
As a religious studies major, you'll explore the richness and diversity of the human search for meaning.
Learn to think critically and creatively about the world's many religions and to analyze the meaning of religious texts from varied perspectives.
One of our most popular classes, Being Awesome at Life, examines the definition of a good life across cultures and what people throughout history say about its attainment. Other religious studies classes cover major world religions and how they relate to fields like ethics, archaeology, philosophy and environmental studies.
Get involved on campus by joining one of eight student-run religious life groups or with local music, civic and service organizations.
You'll leave the program having been challenged to be a more compassionate, empathetic and self-aware global citizen. You will also have gained the critical thinking, writing, analytical and communication skills to succeed in a variety of professions, including social work, non-governmental organizations, writing or the field of religion.
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.
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.
Our students go on to study at:
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)