Undergraduate students from all across The University of Alabama enroll in Religious Studies courses to fulfill the University’s Core Curriculum “Humanities” or “Writing” requirements, but we also offer several ways to focus more closely on the study of religion.
Undergraduates can major, double major, or minor in the study of religion. We also offer a master’s degree program. As home of the Aronov Endowment for Judaic Studies, our department also offers a minor in studying the history of Judaism and a minor in Asian Studies.
Our programs allow students to examine in greater detail the histories and functions of a wide variety of texts, myths, rituals, symbols, and institutions, while also learning about religions in specific regions and historical periods, whether that’s ancient Israel and Greece or the modern U.S., India and Japan.
In the process, students enroll in small classes, get to know professors with national and international scholarly reputations, and acquire skills that enable them to describe, compare, interpret, and explain — skills that they will use long after leaving our classrooms.
Apart from requirements that apply to all students in the College of Arts & Sciences, the only prerequisites for Religious Studies students are an interest in cross-cultural work in different historical periods and a curiosity about the many ways that human communities, past and present, have devised for creating worlds in which to live and act.
So, no, you don’t have to be religious to study religion at The University of Alabama; you just have to be curious about how cultures and identities work.