Students discover various world religions
Graduates with a Centenary degree in religious studies explore law, health care, counseling, publishing, journalism, social work, and public service. These graduates pursue a wide variety of vocations such as professional ministry and education.
More importantly, the personalized and rigorous Centenary approach to liberal arts education prepare students to think more critically and ask more and better questions; couple these essential skills for citizenship with specialized training in religious studies, and students are prepared for meaningful participation in a global, multicultural society and economy.
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.
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, including Biblical Studies, Anthropology, Archeology, Religion, Cultural Studies, Islam Studies, Buddhist Studies and more. Many also enter seminaries upon leaving Centenary to receive training leading to ordination and professional ministry in a variety of religious traditions.