Welcome, Future WVU Religious Studies Students!
What you may or may not know about the WVU Program for Religious Studies:
The Program for Religious Studies at WVU encourages students to explore the great religions of the world as well as to immerse themselves in many fascinating cultures. Learn about ancient Egyptian rituals, the history of China, the life of Buddha, how and why Judaism and Christianity split, who wrote the Bible, how different world religions interact today, etc.
A Quick Lesson About Religions
Take a look at the picture below. It is a picture of the top of the legendary site called Mt. Sinai, in Egypt. This is the mountain that Moses ascended in order to speak with God (remember the burning bush story?), according to Jewish and Christian scriptures.
Now take a look at this next picture. Do you know where this photo was taken? The image is also of Mt. Sinai, but what is noteworthy here is that this small mosque stands at the top! Yes, Muslims also revere this holy site as the “Mountain of Moses.” Shedding light on how the different world religions interact is part of the goal of the Program for Religious Studies. A tiny mosque at the top of this huge mountain some 7,500 feet above sea level illustrates perfectly the intricate relationship that exists among Jews, Christians, and Muslims.
Want to Learn More? Some quick facts about the Program for Religious Studies at WVU:
- You can major or minor in Religious Studies, and the major degree (a B.A. in Religious Studies) is compatible with many other disciplines including History, Philosophy, English, Communications, and International Studies. We have even had Exercise Physiology, Journalism, Nursing, and Engineering majors also add Religious Studies as a major!
- Students with a degree in Religious Studies from WVU can go on to do meaningful and exciting things such as attend law school, enter the seminary, study religion in a master’s program, enter the business world, become a doctor, etc. One of our recent graduates even runs a dance school right here in Morgantown!
- Learning about the world traditions and cultures is extremely beneficial, no matter what profession or vocation one a student chooses. In today’s global environment, many companies are looking for employees with the unique ability to communicate with, and understand, people from other religions and cultures. A degree in Religious Studies provides a student with the tools necessary to succeed in the contemporary world.
Some myths about the Program for Religious Studies at WVU:
- I will only learn about Judaism and Christianity as a religious studies student.
WRONG! The Program for Religious Studies currently offers courses in the religions of China and Japan, Zen Buddhism, Islam and Near Eastern traditions, and world religions. In addition, courses are regularly offered in religion and science, evolution and creationism, archaeology, and other topics of interest.
- A degree in Religious Studies isn’t valuable today.
WRONG! As stated above, a degree in Religious Studies prepares the student for advanced studies in many fields and provides the knowledge necessary for survival in the contemporary, global society of the 21st century. Imagine possessing the tools and the knowledge necessary to understand and converse with people from all over the world!
- The Religious Studies major or minor is hard to complete, especially if I am majoring in something else.
WRONG! The new Religious Studies major requires 30 hours of course work, not even 1/4 of the total number of credits required to graduate! And the religious studies minor only requires 15 hours of credit! There has never been a better time to major or minor in Religious Studies!