Religious Studies Department
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. Offering a bachelor of arts degree in religious studies, the department explores the myriad religious and spiritual traditions of the human landscape.
Students find courses in Islam, East Asian Religions, Prophets and Prophecy, and Native American Religious Traditions as stimulating as more traditional classes in Hebrew Bible and New Testament Studies.
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.
Many of our graduates receive scholarships to leading institutions around the globe, continuing their academic exploration in the area of religion. Many also enter religious-based seminaries upon leaving Centenary to receive training leading to ordination and professional ministry in a variety of religious traditions.
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Theta Alpha Kappa Honor Society
Founded in 1976 at Manhattan College in Riverdale (the Bronx) New York, Theta Alpha Kappa is the only national honor society serving the needs of those involved in the study of religion and/or theology at both the baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate levels of higher education. Honoring excellence in these academic fields is its primary purpose, and it currently hosts over 190 local chapters throughout the United States at institutions both large and small, public and private. Centenary's chapter has been active for six years. For more information click here.
Theta Alpha Kappa is a related scholarly organization of the American Academy of Religion, an affiliate society of the Council of Societies for the Study of Religion, and a member of the Association of College Honor Societies.