Students majoring in Religious Studies at Fairfield University are devoted to the study of religion as a human phenomenon. They explore the philosophy and reasoning behind religion and the beliefs of cultures across the globe. The study is wide-ranging, and includes all actions of religious experience, belief and practice through a multitude of perspectives.
Our committed faculty stands at the heart of the department. They are teachers, theologians, scripture specialists and scholars of the world’s religions, who craft their courses to understand the answers found in its traditions.
The program offers you a wide variety of perspectives and courses concerning world religion. Classes range from contemporary theology to the examination of the rise of “New Age” religions. Collectively, you will receive a comprehensive education that is both broad and deep. You will be challenged in the classroom through conversations and research projects; learn the history of religion and how it has shaped values and politics; and gain an understanding of the impact of different symbols, texts, gestures and claims.
Throughout the program, you will gain an informed perspective of the world’s religions, and you will be able to apply it to fields such as education, law, business and social services.
Major in Religious Studies
For a 30-credit major in religious studies, students:
In addition, in consultation with the major advisor, students should also
Courses taken in fulfillment of the core requirement in Religious Studies are counted toward the major.
Minor in Religious Studies
For a 15-credit minor in religious studies, students:
Courses taken in fulfillment of the core requirement in Religious Studies are counted toward the minor.
Graduating Religious Studies Majors should be able to:
Graduating Religious Studies minors should be able to:
See Religious Studies course descriptions from our catalog for more information
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