Skip to:Main Content

Washington and Lee University

Washington and Lee University


Program Offerings

Academic Division: College

Degrees Offered: Bachelor of Arts

Academic Programs: Course Offerings:

Example Career Outcomes

  • Business
  • Education
  • Graduate study
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Pastoral care/Ministry
  • Social services

The Religion Department is dedicated to the study of religion as a complex and dynamic phenomenon deeply interwoven with other aspects of life and culture. It is an integral part of the liberal arts curriculum of the University. The department's goals are fourfold:

  • To teach about the world's religious traditions,
  • To introduce students to the various methods employed in religious studies,
  • To provide a place for addressing big questions of value, meaning, and human cares and for assessing the ways these are addressed in religious communities,
  • To encourage students to think about religious ways of life tolerantly, sympathetically, and yet critically.

Program Highlights

  • A flexible major allows students to pursue their own concentration while being introduced to religious traditions and to the academic methods of studying religion
  • Significant overlap with other majors means that students often find their work in religious studies helps them succeed in other classes
  • Small class sizes and a dedicated faculty make for opportunities to work closely with professors
  • The religion major is often combined with second majors
  • Study abroad opportunities are frequently integrated into the course of study
  • Religion majors are regularly successful applicants to graduate school or professional schools such as Law, Business, and even Medicine at prestigious universities