The Religious Studies Department encourages students to examine how religious beliefs, practices and values of contemporary and historical cultures shape and are shaped by societal factors, long-standing traditions, and distinctive forms of literary and artistic expression.
Major Requirements for the B.A. in Religious Studies
Students may complete a major in religious studies with at least nine courses (36 hours):
• Either Introduction to Hebrew Bible or Introduction to Early Christian Literature (REL 101 or 102)
• Introduction to Religious Studies (REL 111)
• Introduction to World Religions
• At least two courses from the 200+ level that focus on specific religious traditions
• Four additional courses from the 300-level or above
• Comprehensive Examinations (REL 900, 901)
Requirements for Religious Studies Minor
Students may elect a minor in religious studies with any five courses from the Department of Religious Studies, including Introduction to Religious Studies and at least two courses from the 300-level or above.
What can you do with a degree in Religious Studies?
Graduates with a Centenary degree in Religious Studies pursue a wide variety of vocations: professional ministry, education, law, health care, counseling, publishing, journalism, social work, anthropology, archaeology and public service. A liberal arts education coupled with a specialization in Religious Studies effectively prepares students for meaningful participation in a global, multi-cultural economy.
Religious Studies majors and minors in good standing are often invited to join the Alpha Epsilon Sigma Chapter of Theta Alpha Kappa, Centenary College's official chapter of the National Honor Society for Religious Studies and Theology. Members discuss current trends in religious studies, submit papers for publication in the Journal and attend regional and national seminars.