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Religious Studies

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Aaron Gale
Program for Religious Studies
phone: 304-293-7733

program contact

Aaron Gale
Program for Religious Studies
phone: 304-293-7733

Program Details

Program Description

The Program for Religious Studies offers instruction in the history and practice of many world religions, including Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Near Eastern religious traditions. The program offers opportunities for the exploration of many other interesting topics, including Hebrew and Christian scriptures, ethics and the history of evil. The program also seeks to address issues of interest within the WVU community by providing activities such as guest lectures and panel forums for students and the public.

In Religious Studies, students have the unique opportunity to study religious issues from a scholarly perspective. Religion courses at WVU are intended to stimulate interest in the academic discipline of religious studies, which involves studying religions objectively, without an agenda. Yet our courses often compliment students’ own religious beliefs. Instructors use various methodologies that allow students to immerse themselves in, and learn about, many different traditions. Some of these methodologies include studying ancient texts, examining the history and traditions of various world cultures, the use of resource texts from reputable scholars and the analysis of archaeological data.

Career Profile

The degree in religious studies offers a general liberal arts education for students entering professions such as law, medicine and business, if electives are chosen carefully. This major is useful to anyone seeking a professional career in religion, such as the ministry, teaching, graduate study of theology, biblical studies and religious journalism.

English Language Proficiency

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Please see Office of Admissions - English Language Proficiency for more information.

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