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Religious Studies, B.A., B.S.

Religious Studies (REL) prepares students to think critically and creatively. Connecting differing perspectives is an essential foundation for a wide variety of career paths or graduate study.

Visit the program website for more information.

Program Overview

Students may choose a B.A., B.S., or a minor in Religious Studies. The program offers students the opportunity to:

  • Take courses in a range of formats including online and hybrid classes, designed to fit a variety of schedules and needs;
  • Strengthen interpersonal skills to work with people from different backgrounds;
  • Bring a deeper understanding of religious issues into public dialogue and professional life;
  • Enhance training in fields like health care, business, education, or non-profit work by building intercultural competencies.
  • Health care
  • Governmental and global NGO agencies
  • Religious organizations
  • Social services and nonprofits
  • Business
  • Teaching and administration

Why Study Religious Studies at Grand Valley?

  • Encourages students to develop interdisciplinary understandings and to take full advantage of cross cultural opportunities at GVSU as well as in the greater community.
  • Promotes critical thinking, intercultural knowledge and competence, ethical reasoning, and integrative learning.
  • Gives you a competitive edge in service-oriented professions.

Helpful Links

Integrative, Religious, and Intercultural Studies Department (IRIS)

gvsu.edu/iris
324 Lake Ontario Hall
(616) 331-8020

Admissions Office

gvsu.edu/admissions

Location & Format

Undergraduate students in this major study at Grand Valleys Allendale Campus.

Format: Face To Face

Career Options

Employers and graduate schools seek religious studies students for their strengths in intercultural communication, complex problem solving, and global understanding. This includes fields like:

 

“Under the direction of a caring and knowledgeable faculty, the religious studies program at GVSU fosters the critical thinking and analysis skills necessary to succeed in one's career and educational endeavors.”

ROSS ARGIR
RELIGIOUS STUDIES STUDENT