Department ofReligion

Why Study Religion?

Religion provides orientation and direction for individuals and communities, societies, and cultures. The study of religion engages enduring questions about the meaning of life in a context of liberal arts learning. While discovering the history, thought, and practice of various traditions, you will explore and clarify your own world view.

The study of religion also addresses everyday life's issues such as international conflict, the pursuit of peace, shifting gender roles, and protection of the environment.

Where Will A Religion Degree Lead You?

The study of religion prepares you for fields requiring critical, contextual, and creative thinking, ethical decision-making and working with people. It allows you to learn and practice the interpretive approaches of several disciplines during your university career. As the diversity and pluralism of our world become more intensely part of our daily lives, the study of religion offers you insightful and nuanced understanding of individuals, communities, and complex issues.

What Can You Do with a Degree in Religion?

Well, for one thing, you have a better chance of winning the Nobel Prize for Peace than most other fields of study. Really! Take a look at many 20th century Nobel winners – Desmond Tutu, Jimmy Carter, The Dalai Lama, Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King, Jr., Dag Hammarskjold, Albert Schweitzer – all of them were students of religion. PLU graduates in Religion may not imagine themselves as future Nobel Prize winners, but they do make significant contributions to the human community as lawyers, school teachers and college professors, lay and ordained religious leaders, social service directors, and leaders in local, regional, and global non-governmental healthcare, environmental, relief, and education agencies.