Religious Studies Major & Minor

Where degrees in religious studies can take you.

Religious studies as a discipline focuses on developing knowledge of the great religious traditions of the world, including the varied influence religions have had on the diverse social and cultural phenomena we encounter in the world around us.

Typically, graduates pursue careers as:

  • Social and human service assistants
  • Social and community service mangers
  • Religious activities and education directors
  • Clergies


Demand is going to continue to grow for these types of workers. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of social and human service assistants is projected to grow 16 percent from 2016 to 2026, which means there will be over 63,000 new jobs open in the next decade. (U.S. BLS)



Putting religious studies to work

Hartwick students begin their careers prepared to thrive, and they study at some of the most prestigious graduate schools in the nation.

Hartwick alumni work for:

  • The World Policy Institute
  • University of Wisconsin at Madison
  • Mount Upton and Unadilla Center United Methodist Churches
  • Jesuit Volunteer Corps

Hartwick graduates study at:

  • Cornell University Institute for Public Policy
  • Boston University School of Theology
  • Seton Hall
  • Indiana University
  • Notre Dame University

Beyond the basic.

Special study opportunities available through the department include off-campus programs in India, Egypt, New York City, and Washington, DC. In addition, because Oneonta is located within a few hours’ drive from various important Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and Hindu monasteries and centers, efforts are made to incorporate field trip experiences into regular course offerings.

A closer look.

Hartwick’s religious studies curriculum covers three general areas: the Judeo-Christian Western tradition, traditions of the Asian world (Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, Confucianism, Shinto, and others), and contemporary religious expression in the West.

Meet the religious studies faculty.

Hartwick’s expert religious studies faculty are future-focused. That’s because they work closely with students who will make a difference when they graduate. Hartwick students.

Lisle W. Dalton
Professor of Religious Studies and Department Chair
Ph.D., University of California at Santa Barbara
Areas of expertise:
American religious history, cults and new religions, religion and modern culture, religion and healthcare, religion and science, religion and politics
J. Jeremy Wisnewski
Professor of Philosophy and Peace & Conflict Studies Co-Coordinator
Ph.D., University of California at Riverside
Areas of expertise:
moral philosophy and phenomenology

Three-Year Bachelor’s Degree Program.

Ready to move faster? Get the full Hartwick religious studies experience in three-quarters the time at three-quarters the cost. Learn more about the Three Year Program.

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