Southern Methodist University

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Department Name: 
Religious Studies
Approximate Enrollment (entire institution): 
11,000
Number of Religion Majors: 
16
Number of Full-Time Departmental Faculty: 
10
Public Institution?: 
Private
Related to a religious denomination or body?: 
Yes
Which best describes the institution?: 
Grants bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees
Department offers undergraduate coursework in ministerial preparation (either a track, a minor, or a major)?: 
No
Department or institution offers masters programs in religious studies or theological studies?: 
Yes
Department or institution offers doctoral programs in religious studies or theological studies?: 
Yes
Description of Undergraduate Major: 

The Department of Religious Studies is committed to fostering greater understanding of the roles of religion in the contemporary world and throughout history. Its approach is interdisciplinary, employing methods drawn from across the humanities and social sciences to examine the world’s religious traditions as social, cultural, and historical phenomena. Students and faculty alike benefit from a lively environment that encourages close interaction. In addition to exploring the development, practices, and beliefs of different religions, courses emphasize analytical skills, critical reflection, persuasive argumentation, and strong writing. Students graduate from this academically rigorous program with a global perspective, sensitivity to cultural diversity, and a strong liberal arts background, assets that serve as a solid foundation for future endeavors. They pursue careers in a variety of fields, such as law, education, social services, medicine, ministry, and business.