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Finding religious values that give meaning to our lives

Religion has always had a great impact on world affairs, as we are increasingly becoming aware. It is therefore crucial to understand a variety of different religious traditions and the roles they play in culture, politics, literature and individual lives.

The F&M Religious Studies major boasts faculty with strengths in American religions, Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism and Islam.

We offer highly individualized, independent study opportunities both on campus and around the world. We are one of the most international majors on campus; students have recently studied in Israel, India, Japan, Sri Lanka and Scotland.

Recent projects have included studies of specific Native American traditions, Buddhism in Malaysia, Hindu Mythology, the Taoist influence on Zen Buddhism, spiritual healing, Islamic fundamentalism, 20th century women mystics and modern commentaries on the book of Job.

We have an excellent record of preparing students for a broad range of careers (including business, education, law and medicine) and elite graduate programs, including those at Harvard, Yale, the University of Chicago, Emory and UC Santa Barbara.