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Religion Major

The religion major at UIndy is for students who are ready to wrestle with questions of faith and the church from the past, the present, and into the future. More than a catechism or Sunday school lesson, our religion program takes students deeper into the Christian tradition with courses in church history, theology, philosophy and more. Explore the Bible as a historical document and gain a greater understanding of the cultural and historical contexts of Christianity. Engage with concepts such as the philosophy of religion, the nature of sin and the impact of religion on modern culture. With courses such as Old Testament Life & Literature, The Historical Jesus and World Religions, you can prepare yourself for a future in service, in the church or wherever your life's calling takes you.

Program strengths

  • Our faculty have been published in a variety of publications (including their own books), and represent diverse backgrounds in academia, ministry and archaeology
  • Small class sizes allow professors to engage students and help deliver customized learning experiences
  • Students majoring in religion intern with local churches and nonprofit organizations to explore their calling in the world
  • Our academic approach to religion makes room for difficult questions that are new to you

Potential careers in religion

A major in religion will give you a chance to sharpen your critical thinking, research and communication skills as you explore your specific calling. Graduates of our program have moved on to careers and experiences in:

  • Ordained ministry: Many of our graduates go to seminary to pursue ordination in their church. A religion major supplemented with a pre-theology concentration can prepare you for a life of service in the church.
  • Graduate studies: In addition to studying theology or divinity, our students have gone on to graduate studies in religion and many other fields.
  • Specialized ministries: Many religion students interested in music ministries will double major in programs like music. 
  • Social work: Service-oriented fields go hand-in-hand with studies in religion. Many of our alumni have united their call to ministry with their dedication to public service as social workers.
  • Nonprofit work: There are organizations around the world in need of leadership. A degree in religion offers the perspective you'll need to take your call to service into the world and change lives.

Religion might be for you if:

  • You want to learn more about the Bible, its history and the people who wrote it
  • You're interested in exploring Christian theology as well as your personal call to service or ministry
  • You enjoy studying history, especially the history of the early and modern church
  • You want to explore a variety of faith traditions and religions from around the world

Curriculum Guides

These curriculum guides outline the different classes you will need to take as a religion major. The general education guide provides a list of all the classes you need in order to fulfill UIndy’s general education requirements. The religion guide outlines and lists all of the classes you will need to take in order to fulfill the major’s requirements. Be sure to take a look at both guides in order to get a complete picture of what your classes will look like at UIndy.