Religious Studies

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Dr. Dan Getz
Department Chair
getz@bradley.edu

The Degree
Bradley’s Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies offers an undergraduate curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science in Religious Studies. Students who plan to enter graduate programs in religious studies are encouraged to fulfill the B.A. requirements. The Religious Studies major offers a comprehensive, nonsectarian introduction to this important area of human life and culture designed to meet the special interests and needs of all students. The faculty seeks to stimulate the intellectual development of their students as they explore basic and meaningful questions. Classes address the role and impact of religion throughout history on societies and their culture. Majors in the program may participate in independent studies. Most students who graduate with a major in Religious Studies will go on to graduate studies. The program is appropriate for students who wish to go on and seek a Master of Arts degree in Religious Studies or Religion.

Curriculum
Members of the faculty are published authors and experts in their areas. They bring their research interests into the classroom where students work directly with faculty in small, highly interactive classes. Some of the specialized interests of Bradley’s Religious Studies faculty include:

  • ecumenical theology
  • biblical studies
  • contemporary religion in America
  • the relationship between psychology and religion

Opportunities at Bradley
Outside of the classroom, Bradley Religious Studies majors enjoy many co-curricular and cooperative learning experiences. Some students may elect to get involved in the Bradley Deep Thinkers Club or various religious organizations including:

  • Campus Crusade for Christ
  • Hillel
  • Chosen Generation
  • Oasis College Ministry
  • Kappa Phi Club

Beyond Bradley
Bradley Religious Studies graduates enjoy an excellent placement rate. They have gone on to strong graduate and professional schools, seminaries, and other Religious Studies programs.