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¿Qué aprenderé?

This major explores religion on a global, transhistorical scale, from the cultural world of ancient Christianity to the portrayal of Buddhism in contemporary American cinema. The department views religious studies not so much as a discipline, but rather as a field of complex encounters, bringing multiple perspectives — history, sociology, cultural studies, anthropology, and textual analysis — together on a wide range of religious traditions and practices. The diverse curriculum allows students to gain in-depth knowledge of particular traditions and cultures while, at the same time, learning how to read closely, think critically, and write clearly. Graduates tend to follow career paths similar to those who majored in other disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. Religion concentrators go on to careers in: academics, medicine and health professions, religious ministry and counselling, non-profit work, law, journalism, business, politics, and international relations.

Religion concentrators go on to careers in:

Academics - Medicine and Health Professions - Law - Business - Journalism

Business - Politics - International relations - Non-profit work

Religious ministry and counselling, etc.

Undergraduate Learning Objectives

General Skills

Work at the exciting intersections of the many disciplines used to study religion: history and art history; archaeology, literary and textual studies; religious law and theology; sociology, anthropology, and psychology; regional and international studies; gender, race and ethnicity; and philosophy.

Think critically, write clearly, and argue effectively.

Evaluate the arguments of others judiciously.

Contribute to solutions of some of the most vexing problems facing human communities by analyzing complex social, historical, and textual phenomena thoughtfully and with nuance.

Research Skills

Practice designing research projects that synthesize evidence from a variety of disciplines and sources.

Learn the bibliographical tradition in the study of particular religions. Draw on a variety of different perspectives, theories, methods, and technologies (including archival research online or in institutional settings) in constructing compelling and relevant research projects.

Religious and Cultural Literacy

Develop a fluency in major world traditions, their core beliefs and practices, their primary spheres of influence, and their thematic and other continuities and discontinuities from the pre-modern past to the modern present.

Explore themes and issues that cut across the world’s religious traditions, such as ritual, belief, pilgrimage, canon, sacred, and asceticism.

Ethics, Law, and Society

Explore the blurred lines between religion and law, paying attention to how religions develop their own legal practices and how state laws are shaped by religion.

Analyze the ways in which religious traditions have both contributed to ethical thought and introduced ethical problems.

Explain why awareness of and sensitivity to religious and cultural diversity is necessary in civic, legal, medical, and business situations, and take action to foster such awareness and sensitivity.

Religion Major With Honors

Honors students must achieve a minimum a 3.5 GPA in the major. In addition to completing requirements for the major, candidates for honors must register for 491x Undergraduate Honors Research.

¿En cuál departamento estoy?

USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

Opciones de estudio

a tiempo completo (4 )

Costos de estudio
US$57.256,00 por año
Fecha de inicio

Esperado Agosto 2022


University of Southern California

University Park Campus,



90089, United States

Requerimiento de entrada

Para estudiantes de Estados Unidos

International applicants must provide official copies of academic records from all secondary or senior secondary schools, pre-university programs, and colleges and universities attended.

Para estudiantes internacionales

International applicants must provide official copies of academic records from all secondary or senior secondary schools, pre-university programs, and colleges and universities attended.

A minimum score of 100 on the TOEFL iBT (with a minimum score of 20 in each section); OR

A minimum IELTS score of 7; OR

A minimum PTE score of 68.

Puede haber diferentes requisitos de IELTS en función del curso elegido.


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