Religious studies is the study of the development of religious beliefs and practices across time and cultures. You will learn about the history of the most influential texts in world, how religion impacts public and private life, as well as the role of religions in shaping cultures past and present. And since religions are central to all human societies and often a driving force behind significant historical transformations, studying religion enables you to become more engaged and informed global citizens prepared for a variety of careers. As a religious studies major, you can choose Religion in Public Life or Textual Studies as your concentration.
Religious studies majors at Coastal will benefit from small classes, supportive faculty who are experts in their fields, and a close-knit community of students driven to better understand the world around them. Majors also have many opportunities to participate in student clubs, internships, study abroad, experiential learning, and leadership programs.
As a religious studies major, you can concentrate on textual studies or religion in public life.
The minor in religious studies offers students the opportunity to investigate and understand the global range of religious traditions from an academic perspective. Students explore worldwide patterns of belief, practice, community, and their respective histories and development.
Islam, History of Religions
Nara and Heian Buddhism, Theories and Practices of Buddhist Meditation, Yogacara and Buddhist Philosophy
Jewish and Christian Biblical Exegesis in Antiquity; Archaeology of the Greco-Roman World
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