Religious Studies

What is Religious Studies Major? 

The Department of Religious Studies at UCSB is unique among California universities, state universities, and colleges. The courses it offers address the critical issues relating to the subject of religion in its many facets: historical, cultural, literary, aesthetic, sociological, experiential, and philosophical. In introductory and advanced courses, its faculty – respected in their fields nationally and internationally – regularly teach about the religions of the world, and about the complex relationships between religion and politics, society, war, and everyday life.

 

A student majoring in Religious Studies gains sound general knowledge about religion East and West, ancient and modern. Careful selection of upper-division electives enables the undergraduate major to pursue a concentration in a variety of religious traditions. Students also become familiar with the ideas and methods employed in the critical study of religious phenomena. Enterprising students can qualify for a double major in Religious Studies and some other major field such as English, history, anthropology, political science, philosophy, art, or economics. 

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