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. Ingrid Lilly

Dr. Ingrid Lilly, assistant professor of religion, teaches courses on religious texts in Jewish and Christian tradition, helping students understand how ancient and modern cultures make and read religious literature. Her courses focus on themes of gender and sexuality, migration and borders, and suffering and resilience.

Katelyn Sanders

Meet Adrian Rentz '19

Adrian Rentz graduated with degrees in religion and English. For Rentz, studying religion was a way to explore how others see and live in the world. Rentz earned a master’s of religious studies at the University of Chicago Divinity School before taking a job as a proposal writer for Valiant Integrated Services. She continues to ask the “big questions” every day and hopes to return to the study of religion.

Recent Religion graduates are working in the following fields:

Government and Politics
International Business
Library Science
Nonprofit Management
Social Work

Religion students have completed postgraduate studies at:

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