Religious Studies


The mission of the Religious Studies program is to acquaint students with the roles played by religion in human society and life. By helping students acquire an appreciative knowledge of diverse religious traditions and offering them a context for self-conscious reflection on their own worldviews, Religious Studies courses prepare them to become informed, reflective, and responsible citizens of “global village.”

The courses in the minor introduce students to a wide range of disciplinary perspectives, including history, philosophy, literary studies, sociology, psychology, art history, and gender studies. In this way, Religious Studies curriculum provides an intellectual arena for exploring the fascinatingly complex world of religion in ways that are directly relevant to students’ academic, personal, and professional interests. The broad liberal arts education and critical thinking and communications skills that students acquire by completing Religious Studies minor effectively prepare them for careers in health care, education, government, social work, international business and affairs, ministry, and law.

More information about the Religious Studies Program can be found in the Course Catalog.

Religious Studies Snapshot

Beyond the Classroom

Students in the Religious Studies program have many opportunities to present their work at conferences, an invaluable experience for those who wish to pursue careers in academia or other professions that require communication and public presentation skills. This includes, recently, the Pittsburgh Area Consortium Undergraduate Research Conference and the American Academy of Religion, Eastern International Region. Our students also benefit from site visits to religious communities and places of worship throughout the Pittsburgh region.