A religious studies major or minor explores complex issues from different intellectual, ethical and intercultural perspectives and hones the skills of analysis and problem solving.
If you wish to expand upon your major in religious studies, the College offers you an unusually wide range of opportunities to explore a topic, issue or problem using the conceptual framework and tools of more than one academic discipline. You may wish to double major or design one in consultation with faculty advisers and the Committee on Student-Designed Interdisciplinary Majors and Minors (SDIMM).
You may also choose to apply to and earn a certificate from one of the College's innovative interdisciplinary academic centers. Requirements for the certificate programs include a challenging combination of coursework, in-depth research and a funded summer internship in the U.S. or abroad. You might bring an international aspect to the major by enrolling in the certificate program of the Toor Cummings Center for International Studies and the Liberal Arts. Or you might explore the connections between religion, public policy and community engagement through the certificate program of the Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy.
The religious studies department works closely with a fifth center, the College's Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE). In 2008, the Center's student-led seminar explored how society might memorialize the war on terror.