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Historically, religion has had a tremendous impact on the configuration and exercise of political power, gender, labor, war, sexual relationships, and other issues.

It has shaped the institutional order and the individuals who dwell therein.

The religious studies program provides awareness of the biblical, historical, and theological foundations of the Western world. Course offerings reflect a multidisciplinary and cross-cultural approach to religious forms of life, past and present, with an eye for the cultivation of informed, thoughtful engagement in an increasingly global public square.

Focus areas include the historical and theological foundations of Western thought, philosophical theology, American religious history, religious literatures and textual traditions, and religion and culture.

While exploration of the Judeo-Christian tradition is emphasized, a broad introduction to religions of the East is also provided.

Majoring in religious studies sharpens critical thinking, written and oral expression, and intercultural competence.

To study world religions is to acquire fluency in a diverse range of worldviews that profoundly shape the values and behaviors of men and women in a pluralistic public square. Such fluency is integral to achieving the “life more abundant” which Randolph College commends.

Degree Requirements

See the Registrar’s site for specific degree requirements

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