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Greetings! You might ask: what can I do with a major in Religious Studies?

By studying religion, you can tailor your educational experience at Michigan State University to fit your own future career path. In fact, the study of religion can be combined in innovative ways with a whole range of diverse careers. Areas in which a specialization in religion will help you stand out include Non-profit Organizations, Law, Journalism, International Business, Psychology, Social Work, Counseling, Medicine, Religious Professions, and Education.   Learning about religions means that you understand different cultures and develop a more global perspective.  Religious Studies is the ideal major for those who seek a career in non-government organizations (NGOs), non-profit organizations, government, or international corporations, where a deeper understanding of cultures is essential to furthering organizational aims and your future career.

What topics do Religious Studies classes at Michigan State cover?

Many. If you are looking to explore world religions in a broad sense, you can enroll in an introductory course on a major world religion such as Christianity (REL 320), Judaism (REL 310), Islam (REL 330), Hinduism (REL 340), and Buddhism (REL 350), or if your interest is more focused, enroll in one of our specialty classes, taught and developed by professors in their specific field of interest. Classes such as the Philosophy of Religion, the Jesus of History and Tradition, and the Environment and Religion are examples of specialty classes that have been offered in the past.

Where do I go to begin my major or minor in Religious Studies?

Like any major, begin by enrolling in one of our courses. If you find you enjoy the course and would like to pursue a major or minor in Religious Studies, everything you need is listed under Programs in the navigation bar. We are located at 714 Wells Hall.

Is it feasible to double major in Religious Studies and something else?

Absolutely! The requirements for a second major in Religious Studies are cohesive with many other degree programs. View the checklist of requirements.

Must I be a person of faith to study religion?

Some students and faculty within our department do practice particular religions; however it is not a requirement nor presumption of the interest in the academic study of religion. It should be noted that all Religious Studies courses are taught academically, not seeking to persuade you, as the student, of the truth or necessity to convert to a particular religion.

Where can I find more information on issues related to religion or religion itself?

Check out our Resources Page, a plethora of helpful links related to the study of religion.

More questions and answers coming soon!