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Major in Religion

Program Overview

Degree Type

Bachelor of Arts

Department Name

Religion

Department Chair Name

Roger Sneed

Department Assistant Name

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.

Careers for religion majors

Careers for religion majors run the gamut from law to education to medicine and beyond. Furman’s curriculum often takes students to graduate school, where they specialize in a particular vein of the discipline.

Our religion graduates have gone on to careers and fields such as these:

  • Law
  • Clergy or lay leadership
  • Higher education
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Medicine
  • Psychology
  • Political analysis
  • Research
  • Journalism

Religion courses: What will you study?

Religions of the World

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Wealth and Poverty in Christian Tradition

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Religion and the Environment

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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

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“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
    Title:

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

    Bryan Bibb
    Title:

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

    Phone Number: 8642943089

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  • Sam Britt
    Title:

    Professor of Asian Studies and Religion

    Sam Britt

    Sam Britt
    Title:

    Professor of Asian Studies and Religion

    Phone Number: 8642943518

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  • Vaughn CroweTipton
    Title:

    University Chaplain

    Vaughn CroweTipton
    Title:

    University Chaplain

    Phone Number: 8642942133

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  • David Fink
    Title:

    Associate Professor of Religion

    David Fink
    Title:

    Associate Professor of Religion

    Phone Number: 8642943291

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  • Lisa I. Knight
    Title:

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

    Lisa I. Knight

    Lisa I. Knight
    Title:

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

    Phone Number: 8642943293

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  • Roger Sneed
    Title:

    Professor of Religion and Department Chair

    Dr. Sneed

    Roger Sneed
    Title:

    Professor of Religion and Department Chair

    Phone Number: 8642942188

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  • Claude N. Stulting, Jr.
    Title:

    Associate Professor of Religion

    Dr. Stulting

    Claude N. Stulting, Jr.
    Title:

    Associate Professor of Religion

    Phone Number: 8642942189

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  • Alfons Teipen
    Title:

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

    Alfons Teipen
    Title:

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

    Phone Number: 8642943310

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  • Helen Lee Turner
    Title:

    Professor of Religion; Undergraduate Evening Studies Faculty

    Helen Lee Turner
    Title:

    Professor of Religion; Undergraduate Evening Studies Faculty

    Phone Number: 8642943295

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  • Tim Wardle
    Title:

    Associate Professor of Religion

    Wardle

    Tim Wardle
    Title:

    Associate Professor of Religion

    Phone Number: 8642943681

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  • Edward Yazijian
    Title:

    Assistant Professor of Religion and Asian Studies

    Edward Yazijian

    Edward Yazijian
    Title:

    Assistant Professor of Religion and Asian Studies

    Phone Number: 8642943682

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  • Marian Osborne Berky
    Title:

    Instructor and Lecturer, Religion; Undergraduate Evening Studies Faculty

    Headshot of Marian Osborne Berky, visiting professor

    Marian Osborne Berky
    Title:

    Instructor and Lecturer, Religion; Undergraduate Evening Studies Faculty

    Phone Number: 8642942162

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  • FAQ

    What can you do with a religion degree?

    Careers for religion majors are wide-ranging, from law to education to medicine. Our graduates go on to work in the legal field, clergy or lay leadership, higher education, nonprofit organizations, medicine, psychology, political analysis, research and journalism. Religion graduates pursue work as lawyers, members of the clergy or lay leadership, reporters and editors, professors in higher education, managers of nonprofit organizations, clinical practitioners in medicine and psychology, and as political analysts and researchers.

    What is the average salary for religion majors?

    The national average salary for a religion major in the U.S. is $40,945 annually, according to zippia.com. The top 10% earn more than $71,000.

    How long does it take to earn a religion degree?

    The religion B.A. at Furman is a four-year program.

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