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Religious Studies

Co-Chairs: Dr. David Fiordalis, dfiordal, x2569, Pioneer
Dr. William R. Millar, wmillar, x2456, Pioneer
Program Advisor: Dr. David Fiordalis, dfiordal, x2569, Pioneer

In addition to gaining a general breadth of knowledge about religion and its academic study, a student who majors in Religious Studies goes into more depth in either one religious tradition (at least) or the religions of one geographically, culturally or historically circumscribed area. Within the department of Religious Studies, we have specific expertise in Biblical studies, Asian religions (Buddhism, Hinduism, etc.) and American religions.



RELS 110: Approaches to Religion: Introduction to the academic study of religion.

PHIL/RELS 160: Philosophy East and West: Comparative introductory study of major philosophical traditions of east and west


RELS 110: Approaches to Religion (if not taken in the Fall)

PHIL/RELS 160: Philosophy East and West (if not taken in the Fall)


CORE: 40 credits, including 110, 485 and 490. (Ideally students should take 110 sometime during their first two years. The courses 485 and 490 together constitute the Departmental capstone experience taken in Fall and Spring of the senior year. Other courses should be selected in consultation with a member of the Religious Studies faculty in order to fulfill all the goals of the major.)

MINOR: 20 credits, including 110. (Other courses should be chosen in consultation with a member of the Religious Studies faculty in order to fulfill the goals of the minor.)


For those interested in focusing in Biblical studies, study in New Testament Greek and Biblical Hebrew is recommended early on in order to make use of the languages in their study. For those interested in Asian religions, study of primary languages (Chinese, Japanese, Sanskrit, etc.) is also highly recommended. Please talk to us about how to integrate language study early into your program. A year of study in Greek or Hebrew, for instance, will also satisfy the Linfield language requirement. We also encourage our majors to spend time abroad. Independent studies are also available for interested students.