Two coworkers, one white, one Sikh
Television cameras filming a religious conference
Peer discussion group for teenagers
Doctor giving a checkup to a child whose mother wears a head covering
Student activists, one wearing hijab
Protesters praying outside the U.S. Supreme Court building
Sikh schoolchildren
Muslim and Christian clergy at an interfaith conference
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Academics

From a graduate:

"Studying religion has taught me the value of diversity, acceptance, and fully understanding one’s cultural background when working with them."

Susan Craft
Psychologist

Each fall and spring semester, 400-500 Miami students take a course from the Department of Comparative Religion. Some of these students are majoring or minoring in the study of religion, but most are satisfying a requirement of the Global Miami Plan, the College of Arts and Science, or the Farmer School of Business.

Whether you take just a single course in the study of religion or become a major, you'll gain some basic tools for understanding how religion functions in the lives of individuals and in societies. This knowledge will strengthen your ability to engage effectively with people from diverse cultural backgrounds in your professional life. In addition, our department's courses are designed to develop your skills in writing, critical reading, and critical thinking.

Options for studying religion at Miami

You have several options for incorporating the study of religion into your career preparation, depending on how intensively you want to expand your knowledge and experience:

  • Selected courses to satisfy requirements in the Global Miami Plan and the College of Arts and Science.
  • A 3-hour course satisfying the Farmer School of Business's diversity requirement.
  • A 6-hour study abroad experience exploring business and culture in the Arabian Gulf, or family life and well-being in India.
  • A 9-hour Thematic Sequence on either "Religion in American Life" or "Thinking through Problems in Religion."
  • An 18-hour minor in the study of religion.
  • A 42-hour major in the study of religion--an interdisciplinary course of study designed to work well as a second major.

Even one course helps!

Sydney ScribnerMeet Sydney Scribner (class of 2017). She majored in diplomacy and global politics, with a triple--yes, triple--minor in French, Middle East and Islamic studies, and European area studies.

Alongside all her other coursework, Sydney took a single course on religion that she says added an important piece to her career preparation. Read more.