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- The number of students majoring in religious studies at public universities grew by 40 percent between 1996 and 2005.
- Religious studies is a quintessential interdisciplinary humanities discipline where philosophy, theology, sociology, psychology, ethics, economics, politics, anthropology and cultural studies meet.
- Clemson has traditionally offered a minor in religious studies, but beginning in 2014 you can pursue a B.A.
- The Pew Research Forum finds that those who identify as highly religious know the least about their religion and about the religions of others.
A recent study by the American Academy of Religion predicts that by 2050 80 percent of the world’s population will identify with one of four religions — Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism. Do you want to become a global thinker with a deeper understanding of the world’s cultural, political and social differences? Clemson’s religious studies major provides its students an interdisciplinary grounding in the histories, scriptures, rituals, mythologies, ethics and beliefs of world religious traditions as they have been situated in specific geo-political contexts through the millennia. Our students often double-major in a related field and go on to pursue graduate work and employment in the fields of law, medicine, politics, ministry, non-profit and service-related industries.