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Religious Studies, BA

Lucas Sweeney, religious studies major

LUCAS SWEENEY, CLASS OF 2014, HAS TWICE WON the R. Thomas Schaub Religious Studies Essay Contest. “Both projects helped me further refine my writing skills and challenged me to analyze numerous theological beliefs, scriptures, and practices to create a solidified and scholarly argument.”

Given the impact of religious power, it is crucial to study and understand it 

Because religion is believed to be the most powerful and widespread force in the world, the Religious Studies bachelor’s degree program will help you understand the relationship between religion and politics, economics, and social structures.

  • Learn about the faiths, world views, and ways of life of people all over the world.
  • Receive a balanced, nonsectarian, cross-cultural perspective leading to a better understanding of the phenomenon of religion in human experience.
  • Develop critical thinking and analytical skills, public speaking, and cross-cultural communication.
  • Gain experience in factual description, comparative and critical analysis, and historical judgment.
  • Enhance your knowledge of cultural diversity and the complexity of diverse world views.
  • Prepare for professions as ministers, priests, rabbis, or careers in international relations and development, religious education, religious journalism, and religious broadcasting.
  • Strengthen your education by complementing a BA in Religious Studies to majors in such fields as anthropology, English, fine arts, history, international studies, music, philosophy, political science, psychology, and sociology.
  • We believe in real-world experience. That’s why we recommend that all of our majors get internships. If you work hard, we will make sure you get an internship that challenges you.
  • Religious Studies Department
  • Sutton Hall, Room 452
    1011 South Drive
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-1360
  • Fax: 724-357-4039
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.