Religious Studies

About the Program

The Religious Studies major at Roanoke College explores the diversity of religious traditions by encountering their world views and practices in their cultural and historical contexts. Students discover how practitioners of different religious communities view themselves and their world by reading their sacred texts, experiencing and analyzing their rituals, studying their literature, and comprehending each religious system as a holistic way of life.

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Why study religion at Roanoke?

  • Insightful. Students delve into culture, ritual, history, literature and sacred texts-allowing for multifaceted insights into our human urge toward spirituality.
  • Guided. Students have the opportunity to work with Roanoke's outstanding religion faculty, many of whom are leading scholars in their field.
  • Global. By making connections among various religions, students gain a deeper understanding of world history and global politics.

Real-world learning

What's next?

Because religious studies demand critical thinking and communication skills, students are well prepared for both graduate studies and a variety of careers.

Religion students often go into education, medicine, law, journalism, international business, diplomacy and of course religion.

Program Requirements

Religious Studies Major Requirements
Religious Studies Major Requirements *effective September 1, 2021*
Religious Studies Minor Requirements
Religious Studies Minor Requirements *effective September 2, 2021*