Religious Studies

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Students in the M.A. in Religious Studies program will gain a broad perspective on the study of religion that will encompass major religious traditions across the world. In addition, they will strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the subject matter through analysis of:

  • Religious texts in terms of their historical and social development and their literary value
  • The diversity of religious traditions and their significance for culture and society
  • Religious institutions and their operations
  • The individual’s religious orientation in relation to the larger society

The goals of the program are to:

  • Contribute to the continuing educational needs of professionals working in churches and other non-profit agencies
  • Provide students in Alabama and surrounding areas a place where they can pursue a graduate degree in Religious Studies without having to relocate
  • Provide an academic program that values diversity and encourages dialogue as it relates to religious studies and wider cultural and political issues of the day
  • Prepare students for careers in teaching religion in public or private high schools and colleges
  • Provide for the general public’s interest in and need for the academic study of religion