Religious Studies Major Close Sub-Nav Menu Request InformationMajors and MinorsAcademic Support Resources for Students Disability Support Services Registering with DSSDSS Resources The Communication Center Dr. Seth Clabough Resources for ParentsStaffFAQsLaunchFirst Generation College Students Copley Science Building ConstructionHonors Program Application for Prospective Honors StudentsHonors Academics Current Students Entering Prior to Fall 2016 Academic StandardsCurricular Requirements Honors CoursesDepartmental Honors Current Students Entering Fall 2016 or After Academic StandardsCurricular Requirements Honors CoursesHonors ModulesCollaborative Learning Experience Honors Benefits and OpportunitiesHonors Program Director Noyce Teacher Preparation ProgramFirst Year Program: RMCS101Study Abroad & International Education J-Term Study/Travel Payment Procedure & Scholarship Information Study Abroad Options at RMC J-Term Mandatory Insurance Plan International TravelDomestic Travel J-term 2017 Study/Travel CoursesJ-term Resources Semester Abroad FAQsEligibility and CostsSemester Abroad Application InformationScholarships International Students Obtaining an F-1 VisaMaintaining Student StatusEmployment Social Security NumberCurricular Practical Training (CPT)Optional Practical Training (OPT) Driver's LicenseHealth InsuranceTravelTransfer to R-MCInternational Student Orientation International @ R-MC International Assistant ProgramInternational HousePhoto Gallery 2015 Photo Contest Winner Study Abroad Photo ContestInternational Education Week 2016 OIE staffParents & FamiliesVoices from Abroad Summer Session Important DatesStudy Skills CourseSummer Session Tuition, Fees & Housing Undergraduate ResearchRegistrar's OfficeInternshipsIntellectual Property Rights (PDF) How has religion shaped human history and culture? The religious studies curriculum challenges you to inquire and understand through an exploration of the world's many religious traditions, past and present. A Powerful Force From ancient history to today's headlines, religion has operated as a powerful force in human society. Courses within the religious studies curriculum examine the world's major religious traditions while also exploring special topics such as women and religion, religions and the natural environment, and literature and religion. Internships and independent study options are available within the program, and all religious studies majors complete a capstone project. Liberal Arts Perspective A religious studies major or religious studies minor complements many other areas of study, broadening perspectives on everything from literature to science to art history to contemporary politics. The A. Purnell Bailey Pre-Ministerial Program for Ordained Ministry The Bailey Scholars program provides support—through financial assistance, mentoring and internships—for students interested in pursuing a calling to ordained ministry. Joe Varner '11, a religious studies major and music and ethics minor, pursued a Master's in Divinity at Duke University following graduation from R-MC. Beyond R-MC R-MC has a long tradition of graduates entering ordained ministry, and you will find among alumni a number of former students following a calling to ministry. Recent graduates of R-MC's religious studies program also are pursuing graduate studies at schools including Duke, Princeton, Emory and American University, as well as careers in fields such as business, higher education, music and finance. Apply to R-MC! Connect with R-MC on Facebook! Ask a Question?