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

REL 173

Shiism (& Sunni Islam)


Introduction to the Shi'ite tradition that also highlights commonalities and differences between Sunni and Shi'ite interpretations of islam. Topics include: the origins of Shi'ism and the Sunni-Shi'ite split; Shi'ite theology; religious and ritual life, piety and spirituality; development…

REL 263

Scripting the Word


This highly collaborative course will partner students with professionals from InLighten Films, a company that produces very short films for churches that follow the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL), a calendar of weekly Bible readings published in 1994. Many…

REL 320

The Genesis Narrative


A literary study of the book of Genesis, appropriating midrashic, intertextual, and post-modern strategies of interpretation.

Satisfies the Philosophical and Religious Perspectives requirement.

Students at all levels welcome.