Department of Religion
The academic study of religion provides students with an excellent cross-cultural grounding in the humanities and social sciences and is a challenging and personally rewarding area for those preparing for many types of careers, including law, journalism, social work, professional service in religious institutions, and for graduate study leading to teaching careers in religious studies. Students of international relations frequently find a major or minor in religion particularly helpful for understanding the influence of long-standing ideological conflicts on contemporary events. Students in the natural sciences frequently find a minor in religion appealing given the moral complexity of technology and the medical and health sciences.
Many religion majors choose to study abroad. The Boston University Study Abroad and Internship Programs in Haifa, Israel and Rabat, Morocco are of particular interest to students studying Judaism and Islam, but religion majors often participate in the full range of study abroad programs. If coursework in religion is not available in a particular location, students may use credits earned while abroad to satisfy requirements in a second major or minor or as elective credit. If coursework in another discipline is related to the student’s program of study in religion (some art history courses in Boston University’s Study Abroad and Internship Programs in London or Padua, for example) the student’s advisor may allow them to count toward the major as one of two allowed courses taken outside the Religion Department. Students interested in studying abroad should consult with their advisors as early in the planning stage as possible.
Students planning to major in religion should contact Administrative Coordinator Wendy Czik (between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.) to obtain a detailed outline of requirements and to be assigned a faculty advisor. Majors then consult their faculty advisors regularly when planning their programs of study.