College of Arts and Sciences
Doane University’s Religious Studies program encourages students to think critically about the major religious traditions of our world, as well as their scriptures, stories, rituals, practices, beliefs and aesthetic expressions.
It is not our mission to advocate a specific religious practice or belief. Instead, we support our students to engage in beliefs and practices in an empathetic fashion, in an effort to understand other belief systems as well as their own.
Majoring in Religious Studies allows students to access primary historical texts as well as modern scholarly writings. Analyze ancient and modern religious traditions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam as well as the impact these beliefs and traditions have on the arts and popular culture.
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With a degree in religious studies, students have many opportunities to fulfill their calling in different aspects of their communities. From counseling, ministry, humanitarian efforts and teaching, you will have the skillset to think critically, speak persuasively, and better understand how religion shapes people as members of society.
Through the understanding of different cultures, histories, and points-of-view, students will be able to understand the motivations, convictions and actions of the people they are trying to support.
Requirements for the Religious Studies Major:
Complete one of the following emphases:
One of the following courses:
Twelve credits in Religious Studies,
Six credits chosen from
One of the following courses:
Six credits in Religious Studies,
A minimum of twelve credits
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