Your world religions major at Gardner-Webb will provide you with an intellectually-curious, faith-based environment as you learn about religions from around the world.

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With a Bachelor of Arts in World Religions, you will receive a broad overview of Judaism, Islam and other religions, and you will understand how those religions relate to Christianity and the world. A degree in World Religions offers a solid foundation for a career in ministry, education or service.

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Learning about the world’s religions will take you beyond the classroom, as you will have the opportunity to gain firsthand experience through study-abroad trips to places like Europe and China. You will prepare for your journey and supplement your discoveries with classroom exploration of the historical development, sacred texts and views of the major religions around the world. In the process, you will also discover how religious beliefs and practices impact world events in almost every possible profession.

A degree in World Religions offers you preparation for careers in church and outreach ministries, missions and work in a broad range of religious and non-religious settings. Graduates of the Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy often go on to careers as:

  1. ministers
  2. counselors
  3. nonprofit organization leaders
  4. social workers

The degree also prepares you for further studies at the graduate level. Department graduates have gone on to obtain graduate degrees at universities including Baylor, Duke, Harvard, Vanderbilt, and Wake Forest. Others have stayed at Gardner-Webb to pursue degrees offered at the University, including various concentrations in the Master of Arts in Religion, the Master of Divinity, and the Doctor of Ministry.

In addition to the University’s General Education and prerequisite course requirements, World Religions majors are required to take nine hours of foundational course choices in philosophy, spiritual formation, Christian history and theology. The World Religions major also includes 21 hours of concentrated coursework, six hours of departmental electives, and a three-hour seminar. Students must also take RELI 245 as part of Global Heritage General Education requirements and RELI 354 as part of an Oral Communications General Education requirement.

Additional information, including descriptions of specific courses and their corresponding credit hours, is available in the Academic Catalog.

A minor in World Religions includes 15 hours of coursework, including study of the religions of India, China and Japan, and introductions to Judaism and Islam. Students must also take RELI 245 as part of a Global Heritage General Education requirement. The University also offers an array of minor opportunities in other departments.

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