Religious beliefs and practices are deeply intertwined with society, culture and politics, and coursework in religious studies helps you to understand these connections.
The analytical practices we emphasize in our courses, along with training in writing and careful reading, equip you well for success after Davidson. Our alumni pursue a wide variety of careers, ranging from law, to medicine, to business, to human services.
Our curriculum also offers you the chance to study sacred narratives, theological ideas, and the ways that human beings in different times and places have created meaning and confronted fundamental existential questions. We offer a broad array of courses in the texts, traditions, and practices of religions around the world, and the cross-cultural literacy nurtured by such courses is relevant as you prepare to enter an increasingly diverse and multi-national society. We also have strong offerings in theology and ethics, and many students have found such courses to be necessary and important complements to their studies in quantitative fields.
Religious study is trans-disciplinary by nature, sharing long boundaries with political science, history, sociology, anthropology, literature and philosophy, to name just a few related fields. A religious studies major allows you the latitude to pursue multiple and different interests, and a religious studies minor can serve as a compelling and effective complement to your major course of study.