The Religion major is predicated on the belief that life and society are made better
and that individual happiness and national character are enhanced by the time-proven
values that characterize the great religious teachings of the world. A student majoring
in Religion learns to read texts (both ancient and modern) carefully; studies the
oral tradition, stories, rituals, and structures of religious communities; explores
the beliefs and values of different religious traditions; and develops a critical
sensitivity to the diverse cultural expressions of both Christian and non-Christian
Many graduates work in churches or continue their education in seminary. The Religion
major with an emphasis in Christian Ministry allows students to tailor their education
for their ministerial calling. A Religion major or minor also serves as an excellent
preparation for other graduate programs or careers because of the emphasis in reading,
writing, analyzing, and speaking.
See E-term World Religions Course Highlights from London
Coursework in Religion
The curriculum incorporates a variety of topics to prepare students for opportunities
in the field of Religion, and includes courses such as:
Mission Work: Students are strongly urged to explore their vocational calling through mission
trips and summer jobs. Through the Christian Ministries Initiative, Ferrum College
religion majors in recent years have served in churches and camps while studying at
Ferrum. Additionally, the program has sponsored study tours in recent years to places
like Israel and Rome.
Internships: Students are strongly urged to explore career opportunities and to establish mentors
through an internship. A ministerial practicum course gives students an opportunity
for practical experiences of ministry.