The study of religion focuses on the connections that unite human beings to each other and the world. In its many forms, including sacred stories and scriptures, beliefs, rituals, institutions, ethical instructions and spiritual disciplines, religion seeks to describe the basic nature of these connections and to restore those connections that have been threatened or broken. Religion is fundamental to the way human beings live, and it shapes human history to this day.

The Christian Studies major offers a broad understanding of the phenomenon of religion with a particular emphasis on Christianity. Courses include studies in the origin, development and shape of modern Christianity, theories of religion and studies in world religion and philosophy.

Students completing the Christian Studies major will:

  • identify their basic values as they make decisions about vocation, civic and personal life (valuing)
  • demonstrate an ability to think analytically and multiculturally
  • practice the self-critical exchange of ideas through effective communication
  • evaluate the role of ideas, philosophies of life and religions in the human story in order to interact effectively in multicultural/multireligious contexts

A Christian Studies major provides a foundation for careers and/or further study in fields as diverse as ministry, law, political science, education, business, the arts, communication or any other field that requires understanding of and cooperation with people.


Becca Kokjohn ’16

“I helped start a new sorority on campus.”