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 365

Women in American Religion


Using biographies and autobiographies of women from various periods and traditions of American religion, this course will explore women's roles in those traditions and the conventions through which those women have been portrayed.

Satisfies a major or interdisciplinary…

REL 177

What is a Good Life?


What are the various conceptions of a "good human life" within the Islamic tradition? What do seminal and representative Muslim thinkers and texts have to say about the meaning and purpose of human life? How do various facets…

REL 141

The Rise of Christianity


The theological and historical development of the early church from the New Testament period to the Council of Chalcedon (451 C.E.) with a focus on early controversies as revealed through primary sources.

Satisfies the Philosophical and Religious Perspectives requirement.…