- Linfield College
Religious Studies

Why Study Religion?

Many students find that taking a class or several classes in Religious Studies both broadens and deepens their overall college education in significant ways, introducing them to new ways of thinking as well as new cultural experiences.

Some of these students choose to minor in Religious Studies, while some students find themselves so engaged by the study of religion that they want to devote a major portion of their college education to it, often integrating language and off-campus study into their personalized curricula. Graduate work in Religious Studies or a related discipline is one possibility for such students, if they are particularly motivated and skilled, leading to a career in higher education, ministry or another field. However, most of our majors and minors go into careers in other fields, from education to law to business to journalism to healthcare, and much more.

Students who major in the liberal arts, whatever the specific field, find that the skills they learn prepare them for the challenging and quickly changing world in which we now live. Most people nowadays change career tracks several times over the course of their working lives. Practically speaking, getting a college degree is the most important thing one can do for one’s career, but in addition to the basic college-level skills of critical thinking and oral and written communication, Religious Studies has an experiential and international component that many students find marketable.

Further discussion of the study of religion