Religion Program News

2017 Top Centre Stories: Faculty ProfilesAs 2017 draws to a close, we’re taking a look back at the most popular web stories this year based...
Chris Robinson ’12 invited to present at prestigious conferenceChris Robinson ‘12 presented independent research on vehicle routing at the July 2017 SAI Computing Conference in London, England. The...
Centre religion professor collaborates with summer research studentsCollaborative undergraduate research is a cornerstone of the Centre College experience and this summer, Professor of Religion Shayna Sheinfeld and...
Sufi meditation class

Graduates who majored in religion at Centre have proved themselves to be well prepared for graduate and professional study in religion, as well as careers in medicine, counseling, writing, law, theater management, banking, and various organizations in the private and public sectors.

Religious studies at Centre is an ideal major for the liberal arts student. Religion courses regularly involve or relate to language, history, literature, philosophy, archaeology, anthropology, and even science.

Through a wide variety of course offerings and assistance with internships, the Religion Program seeks to fulfill several goals. The first is to acquaint students with the interpretations of religious belief and practice offered by the world’s major religious traditions, especially the Judaic and Christian traditions. A second goal is to develop students’ ability to reflect critically and independently on these traditions, to gather and interpret research materials, and to articulate their ideas well. A third goal is to encourage students to contribute to society after graduation through participation and leadership in professional, religious, and civic organizations. A final aim is to prepare religion majors for graduate and professional programs in religious studies or theology if their career goals require additional study.
Majors acquire general knowledge in the discipline through survey courses in biblical history and ideas, history of Christian thought, and Eastern religious traditions. They then enjoy unrestricted choice of six upper-level electives. Finally they take the senior seminar. This experience involves them in discussion with the entire religion faculty, and often with visiting scholars, of important current works in the discipline; in the preparation of critical responses to these readings; and ultimately in the production and presentation of a major research paper.

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Your Major Took You Where?

A Sampling of Recent Centre Graduates



Colegio America de Merida Vanderbilt University (M.Div., religion)
Montreat Conference Center Duke Divinity School (M.A., theological studies)
Arabic Language & Culture Initiative Harvard Divinity School (M.A., theological studies)
USA Today Vanderbilt Divinity School (M.A., theological studies)