The academic study of religion equips students with both detailed knowledge and broad theoretical frameworks for understanding the diversity and power of religion in societies, cultures and individual lives. Students acquire skills for engaging constructively and critically with the ongoing influence of religion, an essential, yet often misunderstood, aspect of civilization.

Philip Dorroll

Meet Dr. Philip Dorroll

Dr. Philip Dorroll, assistant professor of religion, teaches both introductory classes for first-year students and more advanced courses for majors. He has taken students on travel-study Interims to the Middle East and Turkey to share the history, religion and culture. Dorroll also teaches courses in the college’s Asian Studies and Middle Eastern and North African Studies program.

Katelyn Sanders

Meet Katelyn Sanders ’17

Katelyn Sanders graduated with degrees in both religion and Spanish. For Sanders, studying religion was a way to better understand people and to make sense of societies and cultures. “Being able to think critically about complicated and nuanced topics helped me tremendously as I transitioned into law school and began grappling with legal issues,” she says. Sanders is currently in her third year of law school at the University of Tennessee College of Law and plans on becoming a criminal defense attorney after graduating in 2020.

Recent Religion graduates are working in the following fields:

Government and Politics
International Business
Library Science
Nonprofit Management
Social Work

Religion students have completed post-graduate studies at:

Asbury Theological Seminary
College of William & Mary
Duke Divinity School
Emory University
Princeton University
University of Chicago Divinity School
University of Virginia
Vanderbilt University
Wake Forest University
Wesley Theological Seminary
Yale University