Religious Studies Major (BA) and Minor
The study of religion is crucial in our attempt to understand the world. It acts as a hub around which politics, history, art, and culture turn.
With a major (BA) or minor in religious studies, you gain an understanding of important aspects of religious study: God as the sacred or ultimate reality, the world, and the individual.
What will I study?
Your classes will explore the different practices and beliefs of Western and Eastern religions. By analyzing religious texts and traditions, you’ll learn how religion affects culture and history.
Religious studies majors also complete the senior seminar, which is an in-depth study and analysis of recent scholarship.
What kind of job can I get?
Religious studies majors often plan on attending seminary or a graduate program for further study. Jobs include:
- Minister, priest, or religious leader
- Social worker
- Teacher or professor
- Linguist or translator
What are some of our graduates doing?
- Enrollment Coordinator, Virginia Tech Graduate School
- Associate Regional Minister for Youth, Christian Church (DOC) in Virginia
- Associate Director, Mountaintop Community Church, Birmingham, Alabama
Amy Merrill Willis, PhD
Associate Professor of Religious Studies
Chair of the Religious Studies Department