Religious studies at Centre College is an ideal major for the liberal arts student. Religion courses regularly involve or relate to archaeology, anthropology, history, language, literature, philosophy, and even science.
Through a wide variety of course offerings and assistance with internships, the Religion Program at Centre 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.
Your Major Took You Where?*
|Arabic Language & Culture Initiative||Vanderbilt University (M.Div., religion)|
|USA Today||Duke Divinity School (M.A., theological studies)|
|Colegio America de Merida||Harvard Divinity School (M.A., theological studies)|
|Montreat Conference Center||Vanderbilt Divinity School (M.A., theological studies)|
*A Sampling of Recent Centre Graduates
“Centre puts an emphasis on critical analysis and asking the diffcult questions. For me, being a religion major means studying faiths through their traditions and cultures around the world but never taking anything I read, hear, see, or learn at face value.”
Centre Class of 2018 • Double Major: Religion and History
Religion majors acquire general knowledge in the discipline through survey courses in biblical history and ideas, history of Christian thought, and Eastern religious traditions. Majors 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.
The major requirements allow for much freedom in the choice of courses. Beyond the introductory courses, students take courses focused on particular religious traditions, the senior seminar, and upper-level courses of their choice. The courses range from studies of Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism, to social ethics, religious art and architecture, archaeology and material culture, science and religion, and scriptural studies.
Graduates who majored in religion have proved themselves to be well prepared for graduate and professional study in religion, as well as careers in banking, computer science, counseling, law, medicine, social work, teaching, theater management, writing, youth ministry, and various organizations in the private and public sectors. Those who have pursued professions not directly related to their religious studies often comment that the religion major prepared them to write effectively, think critically, and respond to an increasingly complex world with tolerance, compassion, and understanding.