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About Religious Studies

Why Religious Studies?Floating Torii

Students who minor, or major, or double major in Religious Studies (RLST) do so for both personal and career reasons.  Personally, some students simply want to learn more about things that interest them, for example, about the enormous role of religions in the world's cultural and intellectual heritages.  They are fascinated by what makes religions tick, by the questions the religions of the world raise:  Who am I?  What am I to do with my life?  What is really important in living life?  Is there an Ultimate Reality and, if so, what difference does it make?  How do I understand my relation to self, others, the environment?

In terms of careers, some students desire to teach about religions in schools--primary, secondary, or college levels.  Some students are preparing for professions as ministers, priests, or rabbis.  And many students are involved in an RLST program program as a complement to another specific career field:  Anthropology, Communications, Art, Music, English, History, International Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology ...  An understanding of the variety of religious traditions can provide an important foundation for the professional.  For many professions RLST provides considerable experience in factual description, comparative and critical analysis, historical judgment and values clarification.

  • 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.