At Manhattan College, religious studies is a journey through the liberal arts that combines the study of philosophy, literature, history, sociology and fine arts.
The Religious Studies Department is comprised of diverse faculty members who are scholars of the world and its great religious traditions. Every student at the College, regardless of major, is introduced to the department through The Nature and Experience of Religion (RELS 110, 152 or 161), a course that examines religion as a human phenomenon and ties it into contemporary culture, touching on issues of death, marriage, sexuality, peace and social justice, science and society, and urban problems.
After completing this course, the sky's the limit. You can choose from a wide breadth of special topic electives, seminars or classes that incorporate a travel or off-site component. New York City’s religious diversity is a wonderful resource for all religious studies majors, and the department encourages this scholarship by bringing guest lecturers and religious experts to campus. As a religious studies major, you will receive a well-rounded liberal arts education and be prepared for the working world with excellent writing and critical thinking skills.
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Meet a Religious Studies Major: Derek Smith
Taught by one of his favorite religious studies professors, Derek Smith's class on Mysticism involved traveling to the Bahamas over spring break to visit a Hindu ashram and practice yoga on the beach.
Rooted in Manhattan College’s Lasallian Catholic identity, the Religious Studies Department provides a person-centered education that examines the ways that religion and religious traditions shape our culture, values, relationships and social structures. The department offers both major and minor programs. Additionally, the Religious Studies Department offers a Roman Catholic concentration.