Michigan State University
Michigan State University
Department of Religious Studies


We recently updated our curriculum and course offerings, and now have a new, revised Religious Studies major and minor, as well as a new specialization in Religion and American Culture. We’ve added a number of new courses on a variety of themes including Sacred Music, Sacred Places, New Religions, Philosophy of Religion, Islam, African Religions, and many more.  And we have a Concentration in Nonprofit Leadership that's unique at Michigan State University, that will appear on your official transcript, and that gives you additional career options available only as a Religious Studies major at Michigan State University.

To study religion is to develop cultural knowledge that will be of value both to you and to your future employer. For all the information you need, just click here for the current program requirements for a major.  You can follow all requirements, including those of the College of Arts and Letters (like language proficiency at a 202 level or higher), in Degree Navigator, the official MSU means of monitoring your progress toward your degree.

It’s easy to declare your major or minor.  To do so, all you need to do is send an email with your intention along with your PID number via your official MSU email address to Ashley Housler at housler@msu.edu, and cc: Prof. Arthur Versluis, Department Chair and advisor, at versluis@msu.edu  They’ll make sure you’re officially enrolled, and Prof. Versluis will be happy to meet with you to go over your requirements for our primary, secondary, or additional minor, along with our one of a kind Nonprofit Leadership Concentration.