​​​​​​​​​​​​​Program Description

In the religion program at CMU, you’ll explore worldviews, belief systems, moral codes, rituals and forms of community across cultures. Faculty expertise includes Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Biblical studies and religion in America. Study topics include death and dying, religion and psychology, religion, race and discrimination in America, and women in religion. Courses from related disciplines such as history, philosophy or English can be counted toward a religion major and minor.​​

Put Your Degree to Work

Religion program graduates find career opportunities in areas such as allied health professions, counseling, education, international business, journalism, law, medicine, religious professions, social work and women’s studies.

​U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sample data

JobMedian PayJob Growth through ​2022​
Historian$52,480 per year6% (200 more jobs)
Philosophy/religion teacher$68,970 per year19% (236,400 more jobs)
Community service manager$59,970 per year21% (27,700 more jobs)

For More Information

Visit the Department of Philosophy and Religion website​ or contact:

Department of Philosophy and Religion
Anspach Hall 288
Phone: 989-774-3444
Fax: 989-774-2830

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail please see our official online academic bulletin AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the General Education courses required for all majors and may not include some program specific information, such as admissions, retention, and termination standards.

(Click on the course name or number for a complete course description.)

Religion Major

Total: 30 semester hours Religion courses taken on a credit/no credit basis at the 100 and 200 levels may be counted on the major up to a maximum of three hours.
Required Courses I
(3 hours)
One course in the study of religion and contemporary society to be chosen from:
REL 140
Religion, Race and Discrimination in America
3
REL 207/WGS 207
Women in Religion
3
REL 235
Religion and Social Issues
3
REL 334
Death and Dying
3
Required Courses II
(3 hours)
Select one from the following:
REL 220
Religious Traditions of China
3
REL 221
Religious Traditions of Japan
3
REL 222
Religious Traditions of India
3
Required Courses III
(3 hours)
Select one from the following:
REL 314
Islam
3
REL 315
Judaism
3
REL 320
The Buddhist Tradition
3
Required Courses IV
(3 hours)
One course on the Bible or Christianity, to be chosen from:
REL 250
Creation, Conquest, and Chaos: Introduction to the Old Testament
3
REL 260
From Gospel to Apocalypse: Introduction to the New Testament
3
REL 313
Christianity
3
Required Courses V
(6 hours)
REL 501WI
Seminar in the Study of Religion
3
REL 505WI
Research Seminar
3
Electives
(12 hours)
Select 12 additional hours of coursework in religion. Up to 9 of these elective hours may be counted from the cognate courses below. Students may petition to have other courses counted, as long as the 9-hour limit is not exceeded.
ANT 459
Anthropology of Religion
3
HST 237
Baghdad and Beyond: The Middle East from 600 C.E.
3
HST 341
Renaissance and Reformation
3
PHL 230
Philosophy of Religion
3