The Religious Studies Major and Minor at Davidson

A religious studies major allows you the latitude to pursue multiple interests, and a religious studies minor can add important dimensions to your major course of study.

A major in religious studies provides a broad background in different traditions from around the world, and exposure to different approaches, including historical, literary, sociological, and anthropological among others. This field of study encourages students to become critical and sympathetic interpreters of the beliefs and practices of other cultures as well as their own.

The religious studies minor offers students the opportunity to enhance their chosen major with a variety of religious studies courses. A minor allows for exposure to a spectrum of traditions and critical methods without the curricular demands required of the major.

Drew Bain '23

I took Professor Plank's course, The Exodus Tradition (REL 321), which strengthened my literary analysis skills and helped me see the Exodus stories in new ways. Professor Snyder's The Other Gospels (REL 233) featured unfamiliar and intriguing texts that helped me better understand the diversity of early Christian movements.

Drew Bain '23

Courses You Might Take

REL 301

Perspectives in Study of Rel


Critical examination of various methods, disciplines, and theories employed in the academic study of religion, focusing particularly on those approaches that locate religion in its social, cultural, and political contexts. Generally taught in spring semester. Required of all…

REL 143

Being Human

This course explores the questions: What does it mean to be a human being? What does it mean to be a good one? Typical sources for study and discussion include the Book of Genesis, Darwin's The Descent

REL 282

Tibetan Religions


An introduction to both Bön and Buddhism in Tibet. The historical, philosophical, religious, ritual, contemplative, institutional, and social dimensions of religion in Tibet will be examined.

Satisfies the Philosophical and Religious Perspectives requirement.
Satisfies the Cultural Diversity requirement.