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Religion Major

What will I learn?

You will learn how religious beliefs and customs affect nearly every aspect of life. You will be challenged to think beyond your set of personal beliefs. Explore these required courses in the major.

This course provides a basic introduction to several major world religions, which may include Buddhism and Hinduism from the Eastern tradition and Judaism, Islam and Christianity from the Western tradition. You will become acquainted with foundational rituals, beliefs and literature of the traditions, as well as the comparative study of religion.

What can I do with my degree?

Religion majors enter many professions. Some graduates pursue careers in ministry - including pastoral ministry, music and youth ministry, as well as pastoral counseling, law, government, public service, social work, business and teaching.

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I liked having smaller class sizes and being able to have more one-on-one discussions with professors so they get to know you better. They understand what you might be going through as a student. The thing about Simpson, I just love the professors. The professors help bring a lot of life and color into their departments.

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There is more to learn

Many Simpson students pursuing other majors take a religion course and become fascinated by all there is to learn and how the topics discussed relate to challenges facing us today. See all the opportunities the Department of Religion has to offer.


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