Religious Studies

 
 
 

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PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Religious studies majors and minors examine religious beliefs, institutions, and practices using approaches from the humanities, arts, social sciences, and sciences. This is your opportunity to understand new dimensions of the human experience. It may help you better understand your faith (if you have one) or understand the powerful ways religions shape our world. Religious studies, combined with appropriate courses in other fields, provides an excellent background for any professional career—including law, engineering, medicine and health care professions, journalism, social work, and others—and for graduate studies in a number of fields.

Degrees

Religious Studies (B.A.)

Major

Religious Studies

Minor

A Great Fit For

  • Naturally curious and helpful individuals.
  • Anyone interested in innovation or the pursuit of new information and ideas.
  • Those wishing to engage in thoughtful discussion and new perspectives.
  • Students who wish to further develop their writing, reading, research, and communication skills.
  • Those who want to help people understand themselves and others.

THE MORINGSIDE DIFFERENCE

Internships

Opportunities exist for students to take on internships both on and off campus in a variety of Morningside departments and services, local and national nonprofit and community organizations, churches, religious organizations, and more.

Travel

You will have the opportunity to travel regionally, nationally, and even internationally for professional conferences, industry field trips, or May Term courses. Travel grants and special scholarship eligibility may be available.

Network

You may frequently interact with professionals throughout the industry developing relationships and building skills. Opportunities include: industry-leading speakers, club meetings and college-wide seminars, interviews, internships, and travel to conferences.

FEATURED COURSES

REQUIRED

An introduction to religious variety and to the academic study of religion.

ELECTIVE

Survey of ethical approaches, including a variety of Christian perspectives, and discussions of specific contemporary issues.

ELECTIVE

This course will help students explore the relationship of religion and food and develop your skills in ethical reasoning and application. We use food as an entry point to religious studies and ethical issues around food and food production. Through readings, in-class presentation, and hands-on experiences, we will investigate case studies from different cultures and historical periods. We will explore aspects of food ways such as cooking, farming, sacrifice, and display as they relate to belief and practices. This class will challenge you to move beyond easy notions of culture, religious authority, and identity and consider your own assumptions, ethics, and values.

ELECTIVE

Study of church-state relations in the United States, perspectives on the public role of religion, and activism on social and political issues by religious leaders and groups. 

MEET THE FACULTY

Elizabeth Coody

Elizabeth Coody

Assistant Professor

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RELATED MAJORS & MINORS

Still looking for the right fit? Here are some additional program options that we think might interest you or are often paired with this program. You can also view the programs page to keep exploring your options.

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WHY STUDY AT MORNINGSIDE?

13:1

student/faculty ratio so you’re assured a quality education focused on you

99%

employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation

65+

majors & pre-professional programs available

A religious studies degree adapts to goals that are academic, faith-based, or professional. Students may use these skills in traditional religious leadership roles, as an aid to their personal growth, or in any professional career —including law, engineering, medicine and health care, journalism, social work, and many others. Check out a few of the potential job titles:

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