What it's like to be a religion major
If you choose to concentrate on religion in your undergraduate studies, your school will require that you complete certain requirements. These requirements vary, but in general:
These are only generalizations.
For details on what a specific school requires for religion concentrators,
you should view its departmental website. Here is a sampling, representing
many different types of institutions where religion and theology are taught:
You can find other schools by consulting
the American Academy of Religion's Find Religion databases. For Undergraduate programs check the Find Religion Undergraduate Programs page. For graduate programs check the Find Religion Graduate Programs page. To discover where you
might go with a religion major, consult Where
Will I Go with It?
- Most departments or programs will require that you take an introductory course
- You will then be expected to take a certain number of advanced classes
- In some cases you'll be required to concentrate even further on a particular topic (for example, sociology of religion) or tradition (like Buddhism)
- Also, many programs and departments also require that you take courses on a certain number of religious traditions (for example, you may be required to take courses on three different traditions to major in religion).
- Some departments also have a capstone class or seminar, which is required of all advanced majors (usually seniors). The topic for these seminars is often very specific (for example, the religious significance of Jerusalem), or it is devoted to theory and methodology in the study of religion