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Religion

Major, Minor

Program Overview

Religion is a central part of the human experience. It shapes our laws, government and culture. Students of religion gain a valuable understanding of our world and how different religious traditions motivate people.

Program Snapshot

Program Type: Full-Time
Location: On-Campus
Program Length: 4 years
Credit Hours: 20 - 30

Why This Program & What You'll Learn

Our religion program will equip you to confront the challenges of a diverse global community. You’ll study how different cultures and faiths have answered the most fundamental questions: How do we explain human suffering? What is the meaning of life?

You’ll gain an understanding of global diversity by studying overseas. You’ll learn about the variety of religious traditions around the world, including Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and more. In a multicultural world, you’ll benefit from the ability to understand other people’s religious traditions.

Pairing religion with another subject as a double major is a great way to add depth to your studies, increase your value to employers and become a more engaged global citizen.

Program Highlights

As a religion student at CMU, you can:

  • Travel to India, Japan or Israel through our cooperative study-abroad programs.
  • Earn credit toward your religion major by taking classes in related disciplines like history, philosophy and English.
  • Grapple with important topics such as death and dying, religion and psychology, race and discrimination in America, and women in religion.
  • Explore religious views, belief systems, moral codes and rituals and how they have formed the basis of cultures throughout history.

Careers & Outcomes

Our religion degree will prepare you for an impactful career in education, law, the arts, medicine, ministry, chaplaincy or foreign service.

Career Projected Salary
Patient Advocate/Navigator $43,548
Director of Religious Education $46,699
Chaplain, Pastor, Priest $54,199
College Professor/Instructor $69,998
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