Having a Religious Studies program and curriculum available at GVSU is a critical piece to becoming liberally educated. It will allow students to further their interest in religion based social, cultural, and spiritual, knowledge, and will greatly enhance students understanding of their personal development in this area. I am so glad to see this program added.
- Emrie Carlton, Lib Studies Senior



Understanding religion as it spans various disciplines as well as various cultures prepares students to think critically and creatively connect differing perspectives which is an essential foundation for intercultural civic engagement.

In an interdisciplinary program students learn to address religion in relation to broad historical, political, cultural and philosophical themes in order to understand the complexity of the differing elements of topics such as religious legitimatization of war or the rise of fundamentalism. 

The core courses plus the electives supports critical reasoning, equipping students to “shape their lives, their professions and society” by bringing a deep understanding of the issues of religion into public dialogue. An interdisciplinary methodology builds the capacity to make connections between fields of knowledge, between differing cultures and traditions, and between theory and real-world practice.

This major is designed for the student outcomes of:

  • Critical thinking,
  • Intercultural Knowledge and Competence
  • Ethical Reasoning
  • Integrative Learning


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