Religion and Culture Major
Religion and culture courses give you a global perspective. We examine the human sides of religious and cultural practices throughout history and into modern times.
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ONLY RELIGION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT IN THE U.S.
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Total Credit Hours: 120
Religion and Culture Requirements (21 hours)
General Education (up to 45 hours)
Religion and Culture Electives (12 hours)
What You'll Study
Here, you will study the ways religion and culture relate to the human experience. Develop a deep understanding of human traditions and values. We offer courses on a wide variety of religious traditions and cultural settings including:
- Asian American Experience
- Religion and Culture in Asia
- Appalachian Studies
- Theories of Pop Culture
- Judaism, Christianity, Islam
- Religion in American Life
- Greek and Roman Mythology
- Multicultural Communication
- Religion and Science
The major also offers a degree option, humanities for public service, which will allow you to tailor your degree to your future goals.
What Is a Degree in Religion and Culture?
As an interdisciplinary department, our students gain experience using multiple methodologies by working with our faculty who specialize in fields as diverse as linguistic 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.
Beyond the Classroom
Majoring in Religion and Culture at Virginia Tech means joining an active and welcoming community. Our faculty work side-by-side with you to advise you on pursuing research interests, presenting and publishing their work, and preparing your for a career after graduation.
Studying abroad gives you the opportunity to connect with a different culture, experience new ways of thinking, and explore new places, all while gaining unique understanding and perspectives. Check out programs by visiting the study abroad page below or by searching the Global Education Office's programs.
In a competitive job market, experience is an important commodity. Internships provide you with valuable skills and real-world perspective regarding your chosen career field while giving you the opportunity to explore the possibilities for the future.
Careers and Further Study
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
- College Advisor
- Administrative Coordinator
- Consumer Insights Researcher
- Nonprofit Service
- Field Organizer
- Marketing Associate
- Administrative Coordinator
- Industrial Security Specialist
- Entry Level Recruite
To learn more about career opportunities, contact your advisor.