Resources for Majors

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Planning the path to your career
Choosing your courses
Conducting research
Preparing for grad school

Have you checked out CRSA?

You don't have to be a major to take part in the Comparative Religion Student Association. But if you are a major, joining CRSA would make a natural co-curricular addition to your résumé--not to mention providing you with leadership opportunities.

Planning the path to your career

CAS Advising: What can I do with a major in comparative religion?
An intro to marketable competencies and careers, with links to further online resources.

Career Services: Comparative religion
Links to internship and job boards, mostly for work in religious institutions.

"What Can I Do With This Major?" Religious studies
A career planning guide created by the University of Tennessee. Scroll down in the guide to see strategies for leveraging a religious studies major into a career in business or law (the latter under "Social Services").

Choosing your courses

Course List (online search form)
To search for courses being offered at Miami in a specific semester.

General Bulletin: Religion, Comparative (REL)
To read official descriptions for all REL courses.

General Bulletin: Cognate departments' course lists
Any course listed on the following web pages could count toward the "related hours" requirement in the Comparative Religion major. (Remember that 9 of your related hours must be 300-level or above.)

American Studies*
Black World Studies*
Latin Language and Literature
Political Science
Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies*

* Part of the newly created Department of Global & Intercultural Studies

Other related programs
In addition to the cognate departments listed above, members of our department's faculty are affiliated with these programs at Miami.

Asian and Asian American Studies* (Liz Wilson)
Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies (Scott Kenworthy)
International Studies* (Nathan French)
Jewish Studies (Hillel Gray)
Middle East and Islamic Studies (Nathan French)

* Part of the newly created Department of Global & Intercultural Studies

World Languages (CAS)
Info about language learning resources and related majors/minors available at Miami.

Conducting research

King Library: ATLA database
The main reference database for locating scholarly articles on religion.

King Library: Comparative Religion subject guide
Additional suggestions for research databases in the study of religion.

Preparing for grad school

Present your research
Start to build your curriculum vitae by giving a conference paper or poster presentation. Here are some opportunities for undergraduates.

National Conference on Undergraduate Research (Submission deadline: Late fall)
Held in late spring; coordinate your submission with Miami's Office of Research for Undergraduates.

AAR Midwest Region (Submission deadline: In January)
Held in late spring.

Undergraduate Research Forum (Submission deadline: Early spring)
Held at Miami in late spring.

Professional associations
If you are a senior applying to grad school, ask the department chair about being sponsored for a student membership in one of these organizations.

American Academy of Religion (AAR)
Society of Biblical Literatures (SBL)