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Welcome to the Religious Studies Program!

Religion continues to be a powerful force for shaping cultures across the globe. It can inspire the full range of human activities – from great acts of generosity and kindness to terrifying acts of pain and violence. Religion in its multiple expressions directly addresses what it means to be a good human being and often lies at the root of an individual's personal quest for meaning. In contemporary times, the study of religion is also an essential passport to intercultural understanding across the globe. Furthermore, Jacksonville is increasingly more diverse, making religious studies the ideal place for students to understand their community and the wider world.

Program Mission

Religious Studies is the multidisciplinary hub at UNF for discovering the roles and functions of religions in human life and culture. Students investigate religion in ways that foster intellectual, civic, and global engagement; gain cross-cultural awareness by describing and analyzing religious systems as they exist in historical and social contexts in an impartial, academic manner; develop clear thinking and writing skills; and learn to see the world through the eyes of others. Internationally recognized faculty mentor students and handcraft individualized programs of study. Faculty conduct scholarly research that contributes to the understanding of religions and regularly engage in public scholarship. 

Why Take Courses in Religious Studies?

Religion is a key component of:

  • Current events
  • US & world history
  • The everyday lives of people around you

 You don’t have to be religious to major in Religious Studies.

Religious Studies isn’t about practicing religion. It’s about studying what religion is and why it matters. Anyone can major in Religious Studies.

With a major in Religious Studies you can become a: 

  • Professor
  • Teacher
  • Lawyer
  • Consultant
  • Social Worker
  • Museum Curator
  • Counselor
  • Entrepreneur 
  • Member of the Clergy
  • Journalist ... and so much more.

Learn more about the world, consider a major in Religious Studies!

Minor in Religious Studies

A minor in Religious Studies is one of the best ways to learn more about the world around you! No matter what your major, a minor in Religious Studies is a perfect way to round out your education!

Interested in declaring a major or minoring in Religious Studies? Come see us on the second floor of Honors Hall (Building 10) or talk to an advisor. Interested in the requirements?