Religious Studies

The religious studies major offers students the opportunity to investigate how different religious traditions of the world seek and understand Ultimate Reality, how this understanding influences human action and belief about the world, and how historical contexts influence religious thought and practice. By learning about the different religious traditions of the world and their historical contexts, students cultivate a critical appreciation of diverse religious traditions. Students have the opportunity to study from the interdisciplinary perspective of English, history, philosophy, sociology, and anthropology. Such an interdepartmental approach is designed to help students tailor the program to their special interests. 

Religious Studies Website

Plan of Study

Religious Studies, BA

Related Career Interests

Careers in Religious Studies

  • Writer
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Graduate study
  • Management consulting
  • Professor or teacher
  • Many other positions in business/management, not related to religious studies but able to capitalize on students’ broad-based liberal arts skill set and critical thinking ability.

Transfer to Religious Studies

Purdue admits to individual majors. In addition to meeting overall Purdue transfer criteria, such as minimum high school course requirements, applicants must also meet major-specific requirements. The major-specific criteria for this program are listed below. Students who meet or exceed these are the most competitive candidates for admission. Before applying, review the closed programs page to confirm your desired major is open to transfer students for your desired entry term.

Minimum GPA: 2.2

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