Religious Studies

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About Religious Studies

Religion has held a central place in civilizations throughout history and around the globe. We find religion at the center of humanitarian work and global conflict, in towns and neighborhoods, and in people's individual search for meaning. The academic study of religion does not promote or reject any particular religion. Rather, we examine all forms of religious practice and belief, using the methods of many different disciplines.  

Students who complete the religious studies major will gain and demonstrate literacy concerning the major world religious traditions and their places in societies around the globe, learn and apply intellectual tools and skills developed within the academic study of religion, and develop proficiency in evidence-based reasoning, listening, and communication.

Religious Studies Tracks

Religious Studies - Major

Build thoughtful understanding of religion and its relationship with culture, individuals and communities. Master critical thinking and effective communication.

Program Highlights


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Participate in clubs and hear from a variety of religious scholars.


Gain work experience and network with professionals working in historical fields while receiving credit towards your degree.

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Message from the director

Welcome to the Religious Studies Program at Utah State University. 

We offer an undergraduate major and minor, as well as an MA in history with a focus in Religious Studies. Our faculty teaches and studies a wide range of world religions, including Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Mormonism, and Native traditions. We maintain strong relationships with many departments across the university, including anthropology, art history, English, and philosophy. Our broad range of courses and strong ties to other departments provide students with many options for study as they pursue their interests. 

Prospective students can find helpful information here about our program and the many reasons to pursue a degree in Religious Studies. Current students can find requirements, forms, and course offerings here as well. Please peruse the website to read about the amazing work our students and graduates are doing.

Finally, if you are a graduate of our program, please be in touch and let us know what you're up to and how you are using your degree. We'd love to hear from you.

Patrick Q. Mason

Patrick Q. Mason

Professor of Religious Studies and History, Leonard J. Arrington Chair of Mormon History and Culture, Director - Religious Studies Program

+1 435 797 0572
Logan (MAIN 321U)