Religious Studies Major & Minor

Religious Studies India

Studying religion at Hartwick means experiencing the world’s great faith traditions first-hand, often off campus, and sometimes a world away.

Students can study the Bible, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Asian religions, Native American religions, and the many expressions of religion in the United States. Students also are encouraged to explore diverse issues associated with the place of religion in the modern 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.

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.

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.

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

Meet the religious studies faculty.

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

Lisle W. Dalton
Professor of Religious Studies
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
C. W. (Sandy) Huntington
Professor of Religious Studies
Ph.D., University of Michigan
Areas of expertise:
Buddhism, Hinduism, Religions of the Far East, religion and literature, religion and end of life care.
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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