Why Study Religion?
Studying different religions helps us to discover more about ourselves and about complexities in the international world.
The study of religions at Alfred University is global and focuses on activities and beliefs that people consider important in their cultural and personal lives. And because this study is inherently interdisciplinary, you will find yourself using anthropological, historical, philosophical, and literary methods to understand religious systems in various parts of the world.
The minor consists of 20 credit hours in Religious Studies coursework. Students may substitute up to four elective credit hours in Philosophy, History, Anthropology, English, Psychology, or Sociology courses related to Religious Studies in content or methodology. Substitutions must be approved by the advisor.
In the Religious Studies minor, you'll explore matters such as:
The Religious Studies program contributes significantly to several majors at Alfred University, most notably, Philosophy. Philosophy of Religion is one of two tracks in the philosophy major. Faculty in religious studies have joined with anthropology and non-western art history to create other impactful major-minor combinations.
Because religious beliefs, rituals and values bear upon all aspects of human life, the study of religions complements majors in many areas. The study of religions contributes to careers in humanities, social sciences, and the arts and it enhances career opportunities in such diverse areas as international affairs, journalism, business, social work, counseling, communications, the health professions, education, and, of course, the ministry. Therefore students in many parts of the university minor in religious studies.