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Religious Studies

Explore the great religions of the world and immerse yourself in fascinating cultures. Religious Studies offers instruction in the history and practice of many world religions, including Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Near Eastern religious traditions.


What is Religious Studies at WVU like?


We offer instruction in the history and practice of many world religions, including Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Near Eastern religious traditions. We offer opportunities to explore many other interesting topics, including Hebrew and Christian scriptures, ethics and the history of evil. We also seek to address issues of interest within the WVU community by providing activities such as guest lectures and panel forums for students and the public.

In Religious Studies, you'll have the unique opportunity to study religious issues from a scholarly perspective. Religion courses at WVU are intended to stimulate interest in the academic discipline of religious studies, which involves studying religions objectively, without an agenda. Yet our courses often compliment students’ own religious beliefs. Instructors use various methodologies that allow you to immerse yourself in, and learn about, many different traditions. Some of these methodologies include studying ancient texts, examining the history and traditions of various world cultures, the use of resource texts from reputable scholars and the analysis of archaeological data.

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What makes Religious Studies at WVU unique?

Research and Academic Opportunities

The major includes courses in the religions of China and Japan, Zen Buddhism, Islam and Near Eastern traditions and world religions. In addition, courses are regularly offered in religion and science, evolution and creationism, archaeology and other topics of interest.


What can you do with this degree?

Possible Careers

Wondering what you can do with a degree from WVU's Religious Studies major? Check out these ideas from WVU Career Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

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What are the courses like in Religious Studies at WVU?

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Popular Courses

RELG 102:
Introduction to World Religions

This course explores five of the most widely practiced world religions; Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. Students are introduced to the history and basic tenets of each faith.

RELG 222:
Origins of Judaism

Main beliefs and practices of the Jewish religion in its formative period, 500 B.C. to 500 A.D. Selections from the late Old Testament writings, the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and rabbinical literature.

RELG 223:
Christianity in America

Explore the history of American Christianity, as republican ideology, democratic polity, and commitment to individual freedom create a competitive religious marketplace without an established church.

RELG 231:
Religions of China and Japan

Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Shintoism; historical and theological foundations; developments of thought; and contemporary expressions and encounters with the modern world.

RELG 232:
History and Practice of Islam

Examines the origins and development of Islam from its inception in ancient Arabia to the modern era. The central beliefs, practices, and denominations associated with Islam will also be explored.

RELG 301:
Studies in Asian Scriptures

Explores the content and background of Hindu, Buddhist, and Confucian scriptures from the Vedic period through the modern era. Examines the historical, cultural, and religious settings of the texts as well as their theological concepts.

RELG 410:

Examine the apocalyptic literature of Judaism and Christianity and consider its perspectives and functions by tracing the impact of leading theologies and interpretations of end-time prophecy.

Cost and Aid

How much does Religious Studies at WVU cost? And how can you save?

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2018-19 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current West Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

West Virginia Resident
Per Credit $403
Per Semester $4,836
Fall and Spring Semesters $9,672
Per Credit $1,095
Per Semester $13,140
Fall and Spring Semesters $26,280
Per Credit $1,095
Per Semester $13,440
Fall and Spring Semesters $26,880
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What are the requirements to apply for Religious Studies at WVU?

University Requirements

To be admitted to WVU's Religious Studies major, you must first meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2019-20 academic year. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

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