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.

Featured religion courses

  • 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

Marian Osborne Berky

Instructor, Religion

Bryan Bibb

Professor of Religion

Vaughn CroweTipton

Associate Vice President for Spiritual Life; University Chaplain; Associate Professor of Religion

David Fink

Associate Professor of Religion

Lisa Knight

Alva and Beatrice Bradley Professor of Anthropology, Asian Studies, and Religion; Chair, Department of Anthropology

Victoria Montrose

Assistant Professor

Roger Sneed

Professor of Religion; Faculty 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

Dorothy and B.H. Peace Jr. Associate Professor of Religion; Chair of Religion Department

Edward Yazijian

Assistant Professor of Religion and Asian Studies
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