Global Cultural Knowledge

The Department of Religious Studies is leading social change and understanding cultural difference. Religious Studies at MSU provides you with a wide variety of classes in global cultural knowledge and a one-of-a-kind Nonprofit Leadership career track.

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Small Class Sizes

Individual attention from award-winning faculty & staff and advisors.

Individualized Research

Program is dedicated to deepening your understanding of religious phenomena, and broadening your global cultural knowledge.

Nonprofit Leadership Career Track

Religious Studies will help you on your path to a future career in Nonprofit and NGO leadership.

Degree Areas

Religious Studies BA 

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 international & interdisciplinary fields.

Nonprofit Leadership Concentration

The Concentration in Nonprofit Leadership is 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.

Religious Studies Minor

To study religion is to develop cultural knowledge that will be of value both to you and to your future employer. We offer minors in both Religious Studies & Religion in the Americas.

Global nonprofit leadership M.A

Our Global Nonprofit Leadership M.A. is offered 100% online and our competency and knowledge-based curriculum allows you to build on your previous knowledge and experience while learning in a unique five-week course sequence that builds your skills and knowledge.

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What is Religious Studies?

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“My emphasis on Nonprofit Leadership has given me immense perspective about how to help bring people together using the skills learned throughout my Religious Studies major, including learning about people’s beliefs and traditions.”

Liv Swanton

Religious Studies Major with Nonprofit Leadership Focus

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