Religion has the power to shape the world around us. Beliefs and practices are part of your personal identity and the larger cultural identity. There are an estimated 4,200 religions in the world today. Learn how beliefs and practices in those religions contribute to the creation of a person’s identity and play an important part in understanding different cultures. Discuss ideas around the meaning of life and become familiar with many religious traditions while you analyze their role in society.
Carroll University’s religious studies major explores the rich history and traditions of religion and the role it plays in culture, politics, and society. This major complements many areas of study including business, psychology, history, health sciences, and writing. The required coursework offers you the flexibility to pursue a double major if you choose.
Our program provides you with the opportunity to study Christian traditions and also gain a deeper understanding of religions such as Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Native American traditions. You’ll have opportunities to meet and share ideas with leaders from a variety of faiths throughout southeastern Wisconsin. And you’ll take courses that make you think critically about the interaction between religion and other areas including healthcare, politics, and literature.
If you’re looking for a career path that allows you to serve others, religious studies may be the right track for you. Fulfilling careers in areas such as social work, education, healthcare, politics, non-profit organizations, law, library science, or at a congregation are all possible. Religious studies majors have also successfully entered graduate school to continue their education.
Students Study Four Main Areas
Introduction to the study of religion
Biblical studies and history of Christian thought
Religion and society
Asian religions, Judaism, Islam, and Buddhism
Southeastern Wisconsin Is a Religiously Diverse Area Where You Can Connect with Leaders of Many Faiths
Sikh Religious Society of Wisconsin
St. Joseph’s Catholic Church
Islamic Society of Brookfield
First Presbyterian Church
In addition to the major, Carroll offers a 20-credit minor in religious studies that complement many areas of study:
Religious Studies Minor