Religious Studies

About the religious studies major

Religion deeply informs the human experience. People find identity and connection in practicing their religions. In this major, you'll learn how religious communities shape moral norms, wage war, and make peace, as well as influence what people eat, how they dress, how they live, and how they die.

The field of religious studies provides you the critical tools to understand the “why” of these meanings and motivations. Religious studies offers you opportunities to explore the patterns and dimensions of the many different religious traditions of the world from the perspectives of the academic study of religion.

Skills and abilities the major develops: problem solving, critical thinking, communication, and research (IU School of Liberal Arts, 2018).

Quick facts

Sample coursework

  • Christian religions
  • Comparative religions
  • Islam and modernity
  • Religion and culture
  • Religion and healing
  • Women and religion
  • Yuppie yogis and global gurus

Possible careers

  • Counselor*
  • Human resource generalist
  • Journalist
  • Ministry or missionary
  • Nonprofit management
  • Professor*

*These careers require additional training or education.

Where could I work?

  • Business development
  • Community and social services
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Religious ministries
  • Social work
  • State of Indiana

Arts, Humanities, and Human Services Cluster

This major is part of the Arts, Humanities, and Human Services (AHHS) cluster. The AHHS cluster is the academic home of University College students pursuing majors in art and design, education, general studies, journalism, liberal arts, and social work. The AHHS cluster partners with students on their academic advising and career plans to guide them into their degree-granting schools. 

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