Develop knowledge of the great religious traditions of the world

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

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 at work.

Hartwick alumni work for:

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

Alumni in graduate school.

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.


Lisle W. Dalton

Professor of Religious Studies and Department Chair, Coordinator of Public Health Program & Honors Program Co-Director

J. Jeremy Wisnewski

Professor of Philosophy

Three-Year Bachelor’s Degree Program.

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