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Why I Chose Religious Studies

The knowledge I received is applicable every day, no matter where I am in life.

Blayne Roach
B.A. Religious Studies, B.S. Physiology, Biochemistry 2018
Medical Scribe, Retina Associates

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Religious Studies is proud to announce the 2018-19 Rombach & Bretall Award Winners


Why Study Religion?

Religion is central to the human experience.

Religion has been a central force in world history, and it continues to play a powerful role in the human experience. The dynamic traditions of world religions, the role of religion in global politics, the relationship of religion and science, and the religious dimensions of art and culture, are among the many issues that draw students to the study of religion at the University of Arizona. The faculty and associated faculty of the Religious Studies Program are committed to introducing students to a broad spectrum of religious traditions and their social and historical impact.

A Religious Studies degree can lead to almost any career.

Religious Studies majors have pursued careers in a wide variety of fields, including business, government, medicine, law, education, and social services. The Religious Studies major provides students with a broad understanding of human diversity, the complexities of social and cultural systems of thought, and the human pursuit of meaning. Combined with core academic skills in written and oral communication, the Religious Studies major prepares students to become independent thinkers and problem solvers in the twenty-first century.

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News & Events

Three professors in the Department of Religious Studies and Classics have been promoted, demonstrating excellent performance in teaching, service and research.   Courtney Friesen is promoted from Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Classics...
The Fred and Barbara Borga Award was established in honor of Fred and Barbara Borga through the generosity of their son Ross Schwartzberg. The award supports outstanding undergraduate students at the University of Arizona who are majoring in...
By Caleb Simmons, Associate Professor of Religious Studies  To say the least, this year has been difficult. COVID-19 and the restrictions that have resulted because of the pandemic have certainly changed all of our lives. Many have lost and continue...
The Department of Religious Studies and Classics is happy to announce the winners of the Lionel Rombach and Ora Bretall Awards for the 2019-2020 academic year.  Awardees for the Ora Bretall Award are (alphabetical by last name): Crysta Lynn Burks,...
Caleb Simmons, an internationally recognized scholar in South Asian Studies, is receiving a University of Arizona Early Career Scholars Award.   Simmons, just promoted to tenured Associate Professor of Religious Studies, joined the faculty in 2014...

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Our Religious Studies majors have gone on to exciting careers around the world in a wide variety of industries. See what you can do with your degree.
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