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Prospective Students

Master Kong (Confucius) once said,

"I will not open the door for a mind that is not already striving to understand, nor will I provide words to a tongue that is not already struggling to speak. If I hold up one corner of a problem, and the student cannot come back to me with the other three, I will not attempt further instruction." (Analects, 7.8)

If you have a mind that is already striving to understand, a tongue that is already striving to speak, and the drive to chase down the corners of a problem, then you are the sort of person who can benefit greatly from studying in the Department of Religion at Lindenwood University.

The study of religion is a core element of the liberal arts and a great way to pursue a liberal arts degree. As a religion major or minor you will acquire the skills required to succeed in the constantly changing workforce. Course offerings are designed to develop and hone your grasp of the traditional skills of a liberal arts education: critical thinking, clear writing, and persuasive argumentation. The courses offered by the religion department begin by focusing on your understanding of the major religious traditions and their role in human history and culture and build towards analyzing current events. The religion major will equip you to grasp difficult conceptual material and communicate your ideas clearly and effectively.

The religion major is for you, if:

  • You find yourself asking classical questions like: “What does it mean to be a human being?”
  • You are interested in exploring the diversity of human history and cultures.
  • You have a passion for promoting understanding and dialogue in our truly global community.

Many of our majors combine the study of religion with other disciplines, such as: history, philosophy, communications, business, education, psychology, etc.

The study of religion is traditionally associated with preparation for service in ministry. While we do have many students who go on to serve in churches, to chaplaincy work, or on to seminary study, the majority of our students go on to work in other fields. The skills acquired in the religion major will serve you will in the fields of communication, counseling, teaching, business administration, and more. Check out the career information page to learn more about what you could do with your religion degree!

If you decide to “major” with the Department of Religion and pursue the Bachelor of Arts in Religion degree at Lindenwood University, you will have the opportunity to study abroad (in England) and undertake advanced study (in other words, earn grad-school credit) in religion.

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