Opportunities for Students
As a student in the Department of Religious Studies, you have many unique opportunities.
TOPICS: You can choose from an exciting range of courses on topics such as scriptures, world religions, ethics, religion and the environment, mysticism, Asian religions, psychology and religion, women and religion, and Biblical languages Greek and Hebrew.
FACULTY and TEACHING: We have an award-winning faculty who are personally engaged with each student. The class sessions include interactive discussion, spatial analysis, literary enactment, problem-solving, films, artistic expression, meditation, outdoors exploration, field trips to religious sites, ethical reflection and many other modes of learning.
TRAVEL: Our May Term offerings give you the chance to learn experientially about religion and spirituality by traveling locally or globally. Southern California is one of the world’s most diverse religious areas, and you can also take trips to Japan, Great Britain, India and other areas.
MEDITATION: Redlands has one of the first contemplative-based program options in the country. You can enroll in one of the contemplative academic courses such as Zen Meditation, Guided Imagery for Healing or the Seminar on Compassion. Or you can participate in our weekly Free Community Meditation Classes for personal enrichment: yoga, deep relaxation, Tai Chi, Christian contemplative prayer, Zazen, etc.
COMMUNITY: Our Department community is vibrant in its intellectual life and commitment to human flourishing. The J.W. and Ida M. Jameson Center for the Study of Religion and Ethics sponsors a lecture series, workshops, and special events. The weekly Jameson Colloquium is an opportunity for weekly dialogue on important social issues. Senior Students have the chance to present their own original research in this forum.
CAREERS: In terms of career paths, our graduates in Religious Studies enter a number of different fields, including: law, medicine, ministry, psychology, business, education, journalism and international relations.
Many of our students continue their education at seminary or doctoral programs. We have a strong track record of our students being accepted to Harvard, Yale and other selective graduate programs in the field.