The experience of Religious Studies at Washburn

Religious Studies is not just the study of religion. It begins with serious reflection on what we mean by "religion" and whether we all mean the same thing when we say it. Is religion a ubiquitous human phenomenon, the very thing that makes us human (as some have claimed)? Is religion about humanity’s search for cosmic meaning, or is it a technique for social cohesion (and control), or is it a projection of our desires and fears, or is it something else entirely?

When you graduate from Washburn with a degree in religious studies, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the subject matter of, and various methods used in, the academic study of religion.
  • Describe the nature and diversity of world religions.
  • Explain various theories and concepts of religion.
  • Conduct and present research in written form.
  • Orally explain and defend positions taken in written research.

During your studies, you will build to a senior thesis when you will use the theories and methods you've learned to analyze a particular religious community. Ultimately, religion majors develop a toolkit for understanding human beings in light of their ultimate concerns and the particular contexts in which they live.

Religious studies majors go on to find success in a number of pursuits after graduation. Some go on to graduate studies in religion, which can lead to a Ph.D. and a career in academia. Some go to seminary and seek ordination within their own religious communities. Most, however, go on to graduate study in other areas or find work in business, government, or the non-profit/NGO world. Because religion is pervasive in human experience, studying it provides a foundation for engaging people within any sphere of life.

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Philosophy and Religious Studies Department
Morgan Hall, Room 206
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

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