Program Overview

DEGREE TYPE
Bachelor of Arts
DEPARTMENT
Religion
Department Chair Name
Tim Wardle
DEPARTMENT ASSISTANT
Sharon Dilworth

What is a religion degree?

Scholars of religion gain an understanding of themselves, and perhaps more importantly, insight into how to connect with diverse populations. The ability to think critically, analyze and solve problems within the context of religion prepares students for leadership in virtually any arena.

Why study religion at Furman?

On your journey exploring the world’s religions, develop meaningful relationships with professors in a close-knit classroom setting. Speak, be heard and learn deeply with colleagues as you study Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism and other religions. Religion at Furman gives students a rich understanding of what people across the ages hold as sacred – the faith traditions that are often the very fabric of civilizations. Plan a visit to Furman’s beautiful campus or start your application today.

How will you learn?

No tour guide required. Travel alongside faculty experts to India, Israel, Greece, Turkey, Italy or Indian reservations in the southwestern U.S. to broaden your knowledge of spiritual traditions and cultural sites. Work with your professors through summer research fellowships, and learn how regional religious profiles change over the generations through the Pluralism Project, an initiative of Harvard University. Take your first steps by contacting admissions at Furman or reading more about how to apply.

Religion courses: What will you study?

Sample courses include:

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  • 97%
    Students who participate in an any engaged learning experience
  • 50%
    Students who study away
  • 58
    Courses in the religion department
What our students say
“Religion at Furman was formative for me. It spurred my curiosity and shaped me to become a better overall student and writer, and to formulate better questions. I owe my career path to my professors. They pushed me hard – they truly cared for my success.”
– Riley Taylor ’21, MDiv. candidate, Duke Divinity School

Our faculty

Your academic advisor will help you explore your passions, define your interests and achieve your goals. You’ll tap into a widespread network of community and alumni mentors to help you on your individual educational path – and to the opportunities at the end of it. Furman’s religion faculty represent decades of study and expertise in the field.

Bryan Bibb

Dorothy and B. H. Peace, Jr. Chair, Associate Professor of Religion; Undergraduate Evening Studies Faculty

Vaughn CroweTipton

University Chaplain

David Fink

Associate Professor of Religion

Lisa Knight

Professor, Religion, Asian Studies, and Anthropology; Chair of Asian Studies

Roger Sneed

Professor of Religion and Department Chair

Claude Stulting

Associate Professor of Religion

Alfons Teipen

Professor of Religion, Director of Middle East and Islamic Studies Minor

Helen Lee Turner

Professor of Religion; Undergraduate Evening Studies Faculty

Tim Wardle

Associate Professor of Religion

Edward Yazijian

Assistant Professor of Religion and Asian Studies

Marian Osborne Berky

Instructor and Lecturer, Religion; Undergraduate Evening Studies Faculty
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