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Why Study Religion and Culture Here?

Here you’ll develop a deep understanding of human traditions and values while studying in the only Department of Religion and Culture in the country. Our interactive classes will help you become a more confident and clear speaker. Frequent and varied writing assignments will hone your writing skills and give you the opportunity to express your ideas. Our faculty members value active learning and will provide mentorship as you explore complex questions with your peers. 

Beyond the Classroom

Our programs offer lots of opportunities for you to enrich your education, both inside and outside of class.

We have a strong research faculty filled with award-winning teachers. They have built a reputation among students for being approachable and engaging. Our large and growing research portfolio covers everything from popular culture to religious studies.

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We have a strong research faculty filled with award-winning teachers. They have built a reputation among students for being approachable and engaging. Our large and growing research portfolio covers everything from popular culture to religious studies.

Internships provide students with real-world experience, making them more competitive in the job market after graduation. Along with other independent internship opportunities, our students participate in Oxfam CHANGE, a year-long social justice program.

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Internships provide students with real-world experience, making them more competitive in the job market after graduation. Along with other independent internship opportunities, our students participate in Oxfam CHANGE, a year-long social justice program.

In addition to scholarships offered by the university and the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, we offer the Hobbie Scholarship and the McCombs Scholarship for religion and culture students.

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In addition to scholarships offered by the university and the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, we offer the Hobbie Scholarship and the McCombs Scholarship for religion and culture students.

Working one-on-one with our faculty or in research groups, our students complete independent research, publish their work, and present at conferences, including our undergraduate research day.

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Working one-on-one with our faculty or in research groups, our students complete independent research, publish their work, and present at conferences, including our undergraduate research day.

Studying abroad offers you an extraordinary learning experience. Our trips vary by year; you can also participate in university sponsored study abroad opportunities that complement your program of study.

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Studying abroad offers you an extraordinary learning experience. Our trips vary by year; you can also participate in university sponsored study abroad opportunities that complement your program of study.

We recognize that sharing books is a form of educational justice and partner with multiple organizations and Virginia Tech student groups to send books to incarcerated persons in Virginia. Follow the link to find out how to get involved and where you can donate today.

The Virginia Prison Book Project
We recognize that sharing books is a form of educational justice and partner with multiple organizations and Virginia Tech student groups to send books to incarcerated persons in Virginia. Follow the link to find out how to get involved and where you can donate today.

We host a variety of events including film series at the Lyric, guest speakers, and socials. You can also get involved in the Theta Alpha Kappa, national honor society for religious studies and theology.

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We host a variety of events including film series at the Lyric, guest speakers, and socials. You can also get involved in the Theta Alpha Kappa, national honor society for religious studies and theology.

The Guy B. Hammond Lectureship in Religious Ethics and Society is an endowed lectureship in honor of long-time Virginia Tech Professor in Philosophy and Religion, Guy B. Hammond. The lectureship invites cutting-edge researchers and thinkers in religious ethics to a multi-day event in which the invitee workshops with students, faculty, and delivers a public address.

Guy B. Hammond Lectureship
The Guy B. Hammond Lectureship in Religious Ethics and Society is an endowed lectureship in honor of long-time Virginia Tech Professor in Philosophy and Religion, Guy B. Hammond. The lectureship invites cutting-edge researchers and thinkers in religious ethics to a multi-day event in which the invitee workshops with students, faculty, and delivers a public address.