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Religious Studies


Religious Studies

Why Religious Studies?

Are you involved in or interested in religious practices? Do you find yourself thinking about the nature of justice, mercy, suffering and joy? Would you like to join with others who share your desire to learn how people today and throughout history have answered those questions? If so, you might want to consider majoring in Religious Studies.

Religious Studies majors systematically study the beliefs, rituals and institutions of various religious traditions. They take a cross-disciplinary approach to examining the things that provide the framework of both daily life and spiritual reflection for the various peoples of the world.

Our program includes the study of various faith traditions, as well as the urgent issues and ultimate questions that concern all human beings. It also promotes thoughtful original research of an interdisciplinary nature from a secular perspective, but in the religious context of an active community of faith.


What are your career options?

  • Chaplain Hospice Assistant
  • Church Music Director
  • Pastor, Priest, or Reverend
  • Religious Program Director
  • Spiritual Counselor
  • Theology Teacher
  • And More!  

At A Glance

Program Credit Hours

60 -64 credit hours

  • General Education: 38-40
  • Major/Concentration: 22-24

Standard Completion Time

2 years



Usual first semester courses

  • Freshman Seminar
  • Writing I
  • Computer Literacy
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Study of World Religions
  • Humanities elective in art, music or language


Usual third semester courses

  • Introduction to Religious Studies
  • Introduction to Christian Theology
  • Science elective
  • Old Testament
  • Literature elective


Usual second semester courses

  • Writing II
  • Public Speaking
  • Religion and American Culture
  • General Psychology
  • Introduction to Literature


Usual fourth semester courses

  • History elective
  • Math
  • HEBBS division elective (psychology, sociology or history)
  • New Testament
  • Religion, Theology, or Philosophy elective


Ancilla College is a liberal arts institution of higher learning sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ and is part of The Center at Donaldson. The college’s religious tradition is Roman Catholic; its climate, ecumenical. In a caring environment, Ancilla serves a diverse population, as we transform and empower students to achieve high academic goals, lifelong learning, successful careers and values-centered lives.


Ancilla College, founded in 1937, is a private, Catholic, not-for-profit, two-year college offering over two dozen associate degree programs. Students from 12 states and 15 countries live and learn at Ancilla.

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