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Religious Studies

Religious studies offers instruction in the history and practice of many world religions, including Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Near Eastern religious traditions. Explore the great religions of the world as well and immerse yourself in many fascinating cultures. Learn about ancient Egyptian rituals, the history of China, the life of Buddha, how and why Judaism and Christianity split, who wrote the Bible, how different world religions interact today and many other aspects of religions practiced around the world.

Religious studies students have the unique opportunity to study religious issues from a scholarly perspective. Religion courses at WVU are intended to stimulate interest in the academic discipline of religious studies, which involves studying religions objectively, without an agenda. Yet our courses often compliment students’ own religious beliefs. Instructors use various methodologies that allow students to immerse themselves in and learn about many different traditions. Some of these methodologies include studying ancient texts, examining the history and traditions of various world cultures, the use of resource texts from reputable scholars and the analysis of archaeological data.

The degree in religious studies offers a general liberal arts education for students entering professions such as law, medicine and business. This major is useful to anyone seeking a professional career in religion, such as the ministry, teaching, graduate study of theology, biblical studies and religious journalism.

How will I focus my studies?

The religious studies major includes courses in the religions of China and Japan, Zen Buddhism, Islam and Near Eastern traditions and world religions. In addition, courses are regularly offered in religion and science, evolution and creationism, archaeology and other topics of interest.

Minor

Any student admitted to an undergraduate degree program at WVU may complete a minor in religious studies. The minor consists of 15 hours of coursework in religious studies, with at least nine hours at the upper-level (300-level or above).

Learn more at the Religious Studies site