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The RELIGIOUS STUDIES program examines world religious traditions for their historical significance, religious beliefs, practices, and institutions. Students in the program also study the impact of religion on contemporary society. Because religious pluralism is a primary value in the United States, the program brings a broad range of perspectives into the study of religion.

Career opportunities for Religious Studies majors:

  • Clergy positions with possible necessary additional seminary training
  • Ministry positions, such as education leader, music ministry, youth ministry, etc. Some positions may require graduate training.
  • Religiously based non-profit organizations.
  • Religious or pastoral counseling – graduate work required.
  • Social work.
  • Human rights organizations.

Recent graduates from the Religious Studies program:

  • Julianne Cyr (Class of 2009) earned a master’s in public health and currently works as a research project manager in Chapel Hill, NC.
  • Ben Lilley (Class of 2011) has worked as both a middle school teacher in Robersonville, NC and as an Admissions Counselor for his alma mater. 


Religious Studies Faculty Contact:

Andrew Stern, Ph.D.
Religious Studies Program Coordinator
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
Emory University
(252) 985-5119