The Program for Religious Studies offers instruction in the history and practice of many world religions, including Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Near Eastern religious traditions. The program offers opportunities for the exploration of many other interesting topics, including Hebrew and Christian scriptures, ethics and the history of evil. The program also seeks 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, students 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 students to immerse themselves 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.
The degree in religious studies offers a general liberal arts education for students entering professions such as law, medicine and business, if electives are chosen carefully. This major is useful to anyone seeking a professional career in religion, such as the ministry, teaching, graduate study of theology, biblical studies and religious journalism.
Sample Course Schedules
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Freshman YearWVUE 191 First Year Seminar MATH 121 Introductory Concepts of Mathematics SPAN 101 Elementary Spanish 1 PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology RELG 102 Introduction to World Religions
Senior YearRELG 393A Special Topics RELG 494F Seminar RELG 495 Independent Study ENGL 302 Editing PHIL 100 Problems of Philosophy
English Proficiency Requirements
All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.
WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Lauren Sloane is a 2006 graduate who created a new dance company and became the artistic director of the Morgantown Youth Ballet. She says, “WVU prepared me to pursue any career path. I was a voracious student, always looking for courses that challenged my conception of the world. Every class that I took in the Religious Studies Program trained me to think critically, write clearly and engage in dialogue with a range of beliefs, traditions and cultures.”