The Chowan University Religion program embraces the university’s history as a university founded by Baptists before the American Civil War. Thus, we are proud of our graduates who enter divinity school or seminary to prepare for Christian ministry. While we embrace our denominational heritage, we also seek to expand upon that heritage with a modern-day academic approach to the study of religion. This means that, because people of all backgrounds find religion a fascinating area of inquiry, any or no personal religious preference is welcome in our department. As such, some religion graduates may pursue careers in journalism, law, medicine, military service, and social work after graduation.
With a major or minor in religious studies, you will learn to read texts closely, think critically, and write clearly. These skills, hallmarks of a liberal arts education, prepare students for diverse areas of future graduate study and/or professional careers. Whatever your motivation for the study of religion, we invite you to pull up a chair and join us at the table for lively discussions centered upon some of the religious traditions found throughout the world such as Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Confucianism.
Whether you are interested in the academic study of Religion, pursuing additional graduate study in the future, looking to add ethical value to your professional career, or pursuing vocational ministry, the Religion program will equip you with a classic liberal arts education to meet your goals.
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The program also offers opportunities to study abroad. Through our extensive travel and study abroad programs, students can have first-hand knowledge of the Holy Lands, the paths of Paul, and other destinations of religious significance. Special scholarships are even available for these opportunities!
Students who are interested in continuing their studies outside of the classroom often participate in the Chowan University Religion Club, which offers students additional educational, service, and fellowship opportunities.
Most recently the Religion Department took a group to the Islamic Association of Raleigh. Click here to learn more about the experience.