Religious Studies

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Majors & Concentrations

  • Religious Studies (BA) U219

About the Major

UNCG’s Religious Studies Department provides a solid foundation in religious studies as a core discipline in the liberal arts for all college and university students in support of the General Education Curriculum. The department also delivers rigorous training for majors, second majors, and minors in religious studies that enables students to advance to graduate study in the field, in related fields, or to positions in primary and secondary education.

The department teaches courses on such traditions as Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Shinto, and Taoism. Historical studies include courses about religions in African, Asian, Middle Eastern, European, and American (especially United States) history. Theoretical studies include explorations of the very concept of religion and how it is constructed.

What's Unique about Religious Studies at UNCG?

  • An internationally renowned group of teaching scholars at the cutting edge of the field.
  • Small hands-on learning environment with only around 70 students in the major.
  • Most major classes have fewer than 20 students; many have fewer than 15 students.

Academic Clubs and Organizations

  • Theta Alpha Kappa (Religious Studies Honor Society)
  • Religious Studies Club
  • Departmental Colloquium, in which faculty present research in progress

Student Opportunities

With the cooperation of community agencies, institutions, or organizations and the supervision of a Religious Studies Department faculty member, students may pursue an internship in social service or with religion-affiliated institutions of various kinds.


A religious studies major is great preparation for a variety of careers including business, law, and medicine. Graduates of the department have pursued careers such as child/family therapist for Pro Behavioral Health in Boulder, Colo.; vice president for ResourceNet International; manager of pastoral care services for Carilion Health Systems; pastor at Long Branch Baptist Church in Charlotte, N.C.; mediator in the Center for Conflict Resolution in Chicago; vice president of a local Bank of America; and UNCG development officer.

Recent religious studies graduates have attended prestigious graduate programs at Princeton, Columbia, Duke, Emory, Harvard, Princeton Theological Seminary, Union Theological Seminary, University of Chicago, UNCG, Wake Forest, and Yale.

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