The Religious Studies Major and Minor at Davidson

A religious studies major allows you the latitude to pursue multiple and different interests, and a religious studies minor can serve as a compelling and effective complement to your major course of study.

A major in Religious Studies provides a broad background in different traditions, both Western and Eastern, and in different methods, 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 supplement or enhance their chosen major with a variety of religion courses. A minor allows for exposure to a spectrum of traditions and critical methods without the curricular demands required of the major.


Students interested in becoming a candidate for honors in theatre, must apply in writing to the department by May 1 of junior year. Please see additional information about the theatre honors requirements in the College Catalog.

Courses You Might Take

REL 223

Wisdom Lit: Job to DF Wallace


A study of Israelite, Jewish, and early Christian wisdom writings in conversation with modern and post-modern authors such as Camus, Wendell Berry, and David Foster Wallace.  Topics to be pursued include: what constitutes a meaningful or blessed life,…

REL 145

The Spiritual Imagination


A study of how contemporary poets have imagined religious and spiritual experience, as well as a consideration of the relationship of poetry and religious language.  Poets to be discussed may include Christian Wiman, Spencer Reece, Franz Wright, Mark…

REL 288

Rel Question in Modern China




This course explores religion in Chinese societies during the tumultuous period between the late nineteenth and early twenty-first centuries. We will analyze the historical and cultural foundations of Chinese religion; the role of the state, intellectual, and…