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Compare Your Options

From a graduate:

"Studying religion at Miami allowed me to take a wide breadth of subjects, which helped me learn so much about how people think and are affected by their culture."
Tori Saba
Psychology

So you've decided that the study of religion would be a useful addition to your professional skills set. What next?

At Miami, you have three options for a sustained program of study in religion (more sustained than just a course or two). Which option you pick depends on how deeply you want to develop your expertise in this area.

  • Thematic Sequence: A series of courses, totaling 9 credit hours, that introduces you to either "Religion in American Life" or "Thinking through Problems in Religion," depending on which sequence you choose.
  • Minor: A flexible program totaling 18 credit hours.
  • Major: A highly flexible, interdisciplinary program totaling 42 credit hours, including a senior research seminar. This program is designed to work well as a second major.

Follow the links to learn more about each option, or use the table below for a side-by-side comparison. Which option gives you what you need for your career goals?

A three-column comparison of the Thematic Sequences, the minor, and the major in religion
Thematic Sequence Minor Major
9 credit hours. 18 credit hours. 42 credit hours.
Gives you a choice between two themes: “Religion in American Life” or “Thinking through Problems in Religion.” Gives you freedom to pursue your specialized interests after completing 9 hours of introductory coursework. Gives you freedom to pursue your specialized interests after completing 12 hours of introductory coursework.
Offers possibilities for interdisciplinary work, in the form of cross-listed courses. Offers possibilities for interdisciplinary work, in the form of cross-listed courses and an option to complete 3 hours in another department. Is interdisciplinary by nature: A minimum of 15 hours must be completed in other departments.
Develops your marketable skills in writing, critical reading, critical thinking, analysis, and intercultural competence. Develops your marketable skills in writing, critical reading, critical thinking, analysis,and intercultural competence. Develops your marketable skills in writing, critical reading, critical thinking, analysis,and intercultural competence.
Exposes you, in passing, to a diversity of religious traditions. Exposes you, in a systematic way, to a diversity of religious traditions. Exposes you, in a systematic way, to a diversity of religious traditions.
Gives you a basic understanding of how religions influence individuals and societies. Gives you a deeper introduction to two religious traditions (or religions from two regions of the world). Gives you a deeper introduction to two religious traditions (or religions from two regions of the world).
May formally introduce you to theories and methods for the study of religion, depending on the sequence you choose. Formally introduces you to theories and methods for the study of religion. Formally introduces you to theories and methods for the study of religion.
  Gives you opportunities to apply theories and methods to specific questions about religion in society and culture. Gives you opportunities to apply theories and methods to specific questions about religion in society and culture.
    Provides a mentored senior research experience.
Is designed to work well as a second major, to complement a related subject area (international relations, psychology, social justice studies, etc.).