Undergraduate Programs

Program Highlights

Explore how religion influences the world in big and small ways. You'll follow a flexible path cutomized to your interests and gain the tools to interpret diverse worldviews. Religious studies connects disciplines like history, anthropology, sociology, philosophy and political science.

What Will You Learn As a Religious Studies Major?

You'll develop important communication skills such as critical reading and writing. Conduct reserach and share it with an audience. You'll gain cultural awareness and critical thinking skills. Come to understand the history surrounding various religions and their roles in society. You'll receive a solid foundation for your future career or graduate studies. 

In short:

  • You'll develop crucial skills to help you succeed in any career.
  • You'll gather important knowledge about different religious beliefs, organizations, and how sacred texts are interpreted.
  • You'll grasp the historical background of various religions and how they impact society.
  • You'll be prepared to dive into your career or for further studies at the graduate level.
Major Course Curriculum

Careers Paths for Religious Studies Graduates

In today's dynamic job market, knowing how to navigate change is crucial. The religious studies program at the College of Charleston empowers students to explore different cultures and religions. This knowledge allows students to interpret various world views, exchange ideas, and feel comfortable in other cultural environments. The major provides skills that are useful in many fields, including diplomacy, education, fund-raising, journalism, museums and public service. Our students stand out, making them more attractive to employers when they step into the workforce. The religious studies major combines easily with other disciplines that are relevant to a student’s career aspirations. It's about preparing you for success in a world that's constantly evolving.

A religious studies degree equips students to enter a wide range of careers:

  • Law
  • Healthcare
  • Medicine 
  • Journalism 
  • Non-Profit Sector
  • Education
  • Advocacy
  • Business 
  • Government 
  • Spiritual Leadership

Religious Studies Minor

If you are interested in studying religion but not committed to the full major, you should consider minoring in religious studiesIf you’re looking to earn a minor, you’ll choose between a selection of introductory core courses and variable topics upper-level courses to design an experience that best fits your interests and best pairs with your major.   

And since many of the skills learned in religious studies are so universally in demand, a RELS minor pairs well with majors across the College. Common choices are education, international studies, healthcare, psychology, political science and many more.

Minor Course Curriculum