Religious studies at Centre College is an ideal major for the liberal arts student. Religion courses are interdisciplinary and draw from a range of fields, such as politics, history, art, literature, social justice, philosophy, gender studies, and medicine.
Through a wide variety of course offerings both on campus and away, internships, and faculty-mentored research the religion program seeks to fulfill several goals. The first is to foster student’s understanding of the diversity of religious ideas, texts, practices, rituals, and histories. A second goal is to instill in students the ability to interrogate power structures and understand social locations (i.e., sexuality, race, gender, caste, class, national identities). A third goal is to develop student’s ability to investigate proper sources and develop methods of research analysis on topics related to religion.
Your major or minor took you where?
Religion students have gone on to a variety of graduate programs and careers.
- ACLU of Kentucky
- Georgia Law Center for the Homeless
- Kentucky Refugee Ministries
- Kentucky Supreme Court
- Medical Microbiology at Duke
- Brown University (MD, Medicine)
- Columbia University (MA, Journalism)
- Harvard Divinity School (MTS, Theology)
- University of Arizona (PhD, Anthropology)
- Vanderbilt Divinity School (MDiv, Religion)
- William & Mary Law School (JD, Law)
Religion majors acquire general knowledge in the discipline through survey courses in a variety of global traditions. Beyond the introductory courses, students take courses focused on particular topics and themes in religious studies, such as social ethics, religious art and architecture, archaeology and material culture, science and religion, and scriptural studies. All majors also take a research seminar that allows them to do an in-depth study of a topic of their choice while practicing the research tools and methods of the discipline.