Religious Studies Department

Religious Studies Overview

Studying religions at Hartwick means big questions.

Religious Studies is not just for “religious” people. It is something that every student can embrace as a way to better understanding the diverse ways that human societies wrestle with the enduring questions of human existence – “Deep down, what is my identity?” “What is the good, and how can it be served?” “How can I be ethical in a complicated world?” “How do societies establish and preserve their sacred values?”

Our methods of study are diverse. We read sacred texts and learn strategies used to interpret those texts. We examine the physical and visual aspects of religion including ritual, art and architecture. We ponder the moral and ethical teachings of religions, especially as these compare to modern secular ethics. We explore the social aspects of religion including basic demographics, religious leadership and organization, as well as the influences religions have on other forms of culture including politics, science, technology, media and medicine.


Exciting Student Outcomes

Hartwick religious studies students complete research and field experiences and are well-prepared for employment or graduate school.

Graduate Programs
Cornell Public Affairs Graduate Program
Devin Martin ’14

SUNY Binghamton Graduate School, Medieval Studies
Angela Vincent ’15

Employment
Project Director, CSTEP  Fulton-Montgomery Community College
Renata Williams ’05

Manager of Accounting
TrueCar Inc. Santa Monica, CA
Joseph Gibson ’09

Minister
United Methodist Church
Justin Hood ’13

Human Resources
New York Mutual Fire Insurance Company
Gwen Bennis ’16


Religious Studies Requirements

Ready to be a religious studies major or minor? Here’s what it takes.

Religious Studies Major & Minor


Religious Studies Courses

The department offers courses in three core subject areas: Monothestic Traditions, Asian Traditions, and Contemporary Western Religions.

Check out our current course offerings!


Special Opportunties

Our off-campus programs give students first hand experiences with religious groups and activities. Many of our students combine their interest in religious studies with other subjects to gain a well-rounded educational experience in the liberal arts, suited to almost any career path.

More about special opportunities


Religious Studies Faculty

Meet our religious studies faculty.


Still Have Questions?

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