Religion

In keeping with Georgetown’s tradition and mission, the curriculum of the Religion Department prioritizes the study of Christianity. It does so in an ecumenical context and within the broad scope of religious studies as they are encountered in the past and present. The core curriculum is designed not only to introduce students to content, but also to foster healthy critical thinking and writing skills in religious studies. Students can choose from two Religion major tracks. The Religious Studies track emphasizes critical analysis of a broad scope of religious topics to prepare students for further academic study and a variety of careers, including politics, legal work, social work, and teaching. The Ministry Studies track incorporates practical service learning with classroom experiences to prepare students for vocations in the church or faith-based non-profit ministries. Many Religion majors choose to double-major to enhance their vocational preparation. Outside the traditional classroom, students may have the opportunity to join the Religion honor society (Theta Alpha Kappa), gain experience through supervised internships, lead campus worship, and participate in mission trips. 

Students who successfully complete the Religious Studies track major will:

  • Demonstrate core content knowledge in the fields of biblical studies, Christian theology, cultural-historical studies in religion, and world religions.
  • Develop critical analysis skills in religious studies.

Students who successfully complete the Ministry Studies track major will:

  • Demonstrate core content knowledge in the fields of biblical studies, Christian theology, and Christian ministry.
  • Demonstrate core knowledge in the fields of world religion or of cultural-historical studies in religion.
  • Develop critical analysis skills in religious studies.

Through the core courses, the department additionally seeks to introduce students to the varieties of religious expression. Majors and minors in the department have the opportunity to gain experience in ministry through courses and an optional supervised internship.

Program Type

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Program Contact

Professor Terry Clark

Program Options

Students majoring in Religion must choose one track.

 

RELIGIOUS STUDIES TRACK

Core Courses

(24 hours required; select one 100 or 200-level and one 300-level course from each group)

Elective Courses

(6 hours required)

  • Select six additional hours among 300-400 level REL courses.

 

MINISTRY STUDIES TRACK

Core Courses

(24 hours required)

Required Course Selections

(6 hours required; select one option)

Core Courses

(18 hours required; select one 100 or 200-level and one 300-level course from three of the following groups)

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