Academics

If I went back to college today, I think I would probably major in comparative religion, because that's how integrated it is in everything that we are working on and deciding and thinking about today. John Kerry, U.S. Secretary of State, 2013 to 2017

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.
  • 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.