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Religious Studies

About Our Program

Religion is everywhere and everything. That’s how a lot of people in the world think of it. Our religious studies program will empower you to better understand the diversity of religious worlds and diversity within religions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Shinto, and religion in the United States. Your courses will focus on the key role religion plays in history, politics, culture, and in diverse areas of life, and you will spend time investigating the intricacies of religious systems, practices, and expression, as well as their impact felt around the world and on modern events.

Program Offerings

  • Major
  • Minor


Learning Experiences to Prepare for Your Career

Religious studies students leave St. Lawrence understanding that there is incredible diversity in the ways people exist in the world. They bring that global perspective to their coursework and hands-on experiences where they become sharper thinkers and stronger writers.

Contemporary Courses
Each year, our religious studies professors develop course offerings you might not expect and won’t find anywhere else.

  • Women, Religion and Food
  • Religion and Race
  • Sacred Cinema
  • Religion and Ecology
  • Fantasy Religion
  • Religion and Violence
  • Love and War in Hindu Myth: Mahabharata
  • Religion in Conspiracy Theory

Senior Year Experience

Spend an entire semester exploring a theme or topic of your choice with a religious studies professor. While this independent research project is optional, many students take advantage of the opportunity. Recent research conducted by religious studies students include: 

  • The Southern Baptist Convention and the Black Lives Matter Movement 
  • Religion in Prisons
  • Religion Among Refugees
  • Religion and Slavery
  • Sports as American Religion
  • Religion and Marriage Equality
  • Antisemitism and the Fall of Empires
  • Old Norse Mythology and Gender
  • Old Norse Mythology and Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla

Dr. Daniel O'Connor Expendable Fund for Religious Studies 

This fund supports religious studies majors who are eager to embark on hands-on- projects and experiences like research, travel for research, or conference attendance.

Study Abroad

Developing a better understanding of people, communities, and religions found around the world is a critical part of the St. Lawrence experience. Choose from more than 30 semester-long programs offered in over 20 international locations. Many of our majors study in London, Denmark, Japan, India, New Zealand, Kenya, and Germany. 

Among the 150+ clubs and organizations at St. Lawrence, you’ll find ways to get involved with a variety of opportunities. Popular clubs include:

  • Advocates
  • Islamic Culture Club
  • SLU Buddies
  • Laurentian Magazine
  • Progressive Christian Club
  • Jewish Student Union
  • L.I.G.H.T. House
  • Newman Club

Why St. Lawrence for Religious Studies


Religions in the world

Our religious studies program empowers you to open your mind

Religious studies graduates recently attended:

  • Swedish Institute: A College of Health Sciences
  • Boston University
  • College of William and Mary
  • New York University
  • Northeastern Seminary
  • Syracuse University 
  • American University

Unlimited Access

As a St. Lawrence student, you’ll amplify your education with free access to reputable news sources like:

  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • Washington Post
  • Access World News


Study More Than One Discipline

St. Lawrence students often double major, add a minor or two, or even create their own interdisciplinary program


Study Off Campus

Nearly two-thirds of students take advantage of our study abroad and domestic study opportunities

Recent religious studies graduates pursued careers in:

  • Education
  • Ministry
  • Law
  • Government
  • Human Services
  • Healthcare

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Program Requirements & Courses

Explore religious studies major and minor requirements, as well as related offerings from departments across campus.

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