About the Program
A student majoring or minoring in religion learns to read ancient and modern texts 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 non-Christian and Christian religious traditions.
Some religion graduates work in churches or continue their education in seminary. But 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.
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:
- Literature of the Bible
- World Religions
- Religion in Film
- History of Christian Thought
- Biblical Archaeology
- Interfaith Dialogue and Understanding
- Life and Letters of Paul
- Christian Theology
- Studies in the Gospels
What can I do with a major in Religion?
The short answer is: “A lot!” A major in Religion can lead to a number of career paths, including:
- Peace Corps
- Community Service Agency worker
- Guidance Counselor
- Campus Minister
Really, the better question is not what can you do with a Religion major, but what can’t you do with a Religion major?
Religion Department Faculty
Dr. David B. Howell
Dean, School of Arts and Humanities and Professor of Religion
D.Phil., University of Oxford
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Dr. Eric M. Vanden Eykel
Assistant Professor of Religion
Ph.D., Marquette University
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Rev. Dr. Jan Nicholson Angle
Dean of the Chapel and Adjunct Instructor of Religion
D.Min., Wesley Theological Seminary
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Rev. Kameron Wilds
Adjunct Instructor of Religion
M.Div., Duke University
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Experiential & hands-on learning opportunities
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.
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