Your religious studies come from a global perspective. We examine the human side of religious and cultural practices throughout history and into modern times.

5 Number of Continents Studied
1 Only Religion and Culture Department in the U.S.
22 Average Upper-level Class Size
26 Number of Books Authored by Faculty
What Is a Degree in Religion and Culture?

As an interdisiplinary department, our students gain experience using multiple methodologies by working with our faculty who specialize in fields as diverse as linguisitc and cultural anthropology, literature, religious studies, history, ethnomusicology, communication, musicology, and cultural studies.

Why Study Religion and Culture Here?

As the only Department of Religion and Culture in the nation, we are able to offer a unique perspective on the role religion plays all across the world.  We offer opportunities to participate in undergraduate research, get real-world experience through internships, and engage with global culture while studying abroad.

What Our Students Are Saying

"Religion and culture will not only give you a deep, abiding connection to the world’s great intellectual and moral traditions but will give you the intellectual skills you need to deal with an evermore interconnected, complex world by linking these traditions to their historical, philosophical, cultural and political contexts."

David Grant, '09

"My double majors, religion and culture and biology, are each, in their own unique way, preparing me for a career in medicine.  As an aspiring physician, the courses in Religion and Culture show me not only the many facets of both religion and culture, but are teaching me how to best communicate to the public."

Caitlin Van Wicklin, '17
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Student Organization

Join our chapter of Theta Alpha Kappa Honor Society. Established in 1976 to recognize excellence in students of religion and theology, membership provides students with a variety of opportunities including scholarships and publication.

Tea Time Presentation with Mathew

Careers and Further Study

David Grant '09:David Grant '09: After earning his bachelors’s in religion and culture in 2009, David reported for the Associated Press in Detroit, worked as a mutual fund analyst in Baltimore, and covered Congress and the 2012 presidential campaign for The Christian Science Monitor. In his current role as Director of Content Strategy at The Christian Science Monitor, he develops business strategy and builds new ventures like Passcode, the Monitor's focus on digital security and privacy.

What Do I Do with a Major in Religion and Culture?

Studying religion and culture helps you develop the tools you need to think critically and solve problems in a multicultural, global community.

We prepare you for careers including:

  • Foreign Affairs Officer
  • Lawyer
  • Professor
  • College Advisor
  • Analyst
  • Author
  • Administrative Coordinator
  • Consumer Insights Researcher
  • Nonprofit Service
  • Field Organizer
  • Marketing Associate
  • Administrative Coordinator
  • Industrial Security Specialist
  • Teacher
  • Entry Level Recruiter
  • Group Project Coordinator
  • Operations Coordinator
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Fundraising Coordinator
  • Project Officer
  • Associate Art Auctioneer
  • Publishing Sales Representative
  • Journalist
  • College Counselor
  • Student Financial Aid
  • Operations Support
  • HR Workforce Consultant


To learn more about career opportunities, contact your advisor.


To learn more about career opportunities in Religion and Culture, call Brian Britt at 540-231-6551 or email:

Interested in learning religious studies from a global perspective and examine the human side of religious and cultural practices throughout history and into modern times?

Prospective Students, please call Monica Kimbrell at 540-231-7602 or email:

Current students for academic support and advising, please call  Brian Britt at 540-231-6551 or email:

Visit our office at 115 Lane Hall, 280 Alumni Mall, Blacksburg, VA 24061 

Contact Us

Brian Britt, Director of Undergraduate Studies
122 Lane Hall,
280 Alumni Mall,
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Monica KimbrellDirector of Student Recruitment and Career Development
232 Wallace Hall, 
295 West Campus Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061 

Amanda Timcik, Student/Staff Support
115 Lane Hall,
280 Alumni Mall,
Blacksburg, VA 24061

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