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Religious Studies

The University of Mount Union’s Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies allows students to explore the nature and place of religion in human experience. Students will examine the scriptural, historical, theological, ritual, and ethical traditions of the world's religions and grow their understanding of the cultures of the world through knowledge of their spiritual practices.

Religious Studies Major Quick Facts

The religious studies degree requires a minimum of 35 major-specific credits. Additionally, students will need to complete 32 credits to fulfill the University’s Integrative Core. The Integrative Core, the University’s general education program, allows students to explore interests outside of their field of study and gain skills in leadership and communication that employers value.

The religious studies degree will enable students to pursue their interests and provide them will valuable hands-on experience in and out of the classroom, including:

  • Opportunities for internships in a church or another setting
  • Opportunities to study abroad
  • Field trips to regional religious organizations and sites
  • Research with peers or faculty

Curriculum

You will grow personally and intellectually while developing a deeper understanding of our world and its culture with a religious studies major at the University of Mount Union. You’ll explore the scriptures, history, theology and ethics of the world's religions, but you’ll also develop skills practical in any number of careers, including data gathering, observation, interpretation, critical analysis and your ability to empathize with your fellow human beings.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

The religious studies major introduces students to the nature and place of religion in human experience in both its individual and corporate dimensions. Students examine the scriptural, historical, theological and ethical traditions of the world's religions, as well as the relationship between religion and various forms of culture.

Graduates in religious studies advance into career positions in government, business, service, law, medicine, the ministry, anthropology and psychology. Mount Union also offers a pre-ministry concentration for students wishing to pursue the ministry. 

After the completion of the religious studies degree, students will demonstrate:

  • An understanding of the variety of interpretations of religion and the major theoretical frameworks that support them.
  • An understanding of at least two major approaches to the study of religion (theology, sociology, social ethics, philosophy, history).
  • An understanding of the major methods and interpretive theories in the field of biblical studies.
  • An understanding of the major beliefs, rituals, sacred texts, leaders, and social groups of at least two religious traditions.
  • An understanding of the issues of human diversity such as gender, ethnicity, and class for the past and present shape of religion.
  • The ability to articulate an understanding of the historical development of Christian tradition from its inception to the present.
  • An understanding of biblical texts within their historical and contemporary contexts.

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