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.

Courses You Might Take

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Empires & Cities


Walking around on campus, have you ever stopped to wonder how one would study Davidson's culture and life? What if you were to consider its space, art, and architecture as a window into the community? As one might…

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Introduction to Islam


An introduction to Islam and the Muslim world in the classical era (i.e., 7th through the 13th century). We will focus particularly on the origins and development of Islamic religious tradition (worldview and practices) and religious…

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Senior Colloquium


Required of all senior majors. Explores issues within the study of religion and discusses strategies for research. Each student will complete a thesis directed by an appropriate department member.