As a religion major at Queens, you will examine the history, texts and practices of a variety of world religions. You will emerge from Queens equipped to approach world problems with knowledge, experiential learning, understanding, critical-thinking skills and appreciation for our diverse world. You will learn to ask the hard questions, examine belief systems and reflect on personal meaning in a setting marked by academic growth and active encouragement.
90% of Queens students will engage in service during their college years. Our religion department is closely linked to many service opportunities through partnerships with organizations like Room in the Inn (support for the homeless), Sedgefield Elementary School and The Grove (an afterschool children's program).
Perks of Being a Religion Major
- Guatemala Mission Trip
The chapel offers a mission trip to Guatemala every spring break. It's associated with a class that runs throughout the spring semester. It's a coveted and prestigious honor to be selected for the trip. Students return stating their lives are changed.
- Caring, committed professors
Our learning environment features an award-winning faculty and a low student-faculty ratio, creating a close-knit community for support.
Queens offers you more than 60 clubs and organizations. Religiously-affiliated clubs include Ratio Christi, Salam, Hillel, Campus Crusade for Christ and Young Life.
"I can't imagine being where I am today without my Queens education. As a religion major I was stretched and challenged to think deeply while studying topics of ethics, faith, and many different schools of thought. I received a well-rounded education that more than prepared me for further philosophy and religion professors did not end at graduation as they continue to support me as a colleague and resource." -Rev. Courtney Stevens, '10, Associate Pastor, Highland Presbyterian Church, Winston-Salem, NC
You will have opportunities to intern at a diverse group of sites including:
- Covenant Presbyterian Church
- Myers Park Methodist Church
- Summer youth camps
- International aid and relief organizations
- Newspapers and magazines
- Schools, colleges and universities
- Churches in your home area
When You Graduate
Many of our graduates have entered master's or doctoral programs including Harvard Divinity School, Union Seminary, Colombia Seminary and University of Miami Special Education. Your religion degree will lay the foundation for many types of jobs such as an attorney, clergy, youth pastor, church administrator, teacher, fundraiser, researcher, social worker journalist, diplomat, non-profit leader, humanitarian and more.
Religion major Christina Cosby '14 is now studying at Princeton Theological Seminary on a full scholarship. Christina is legally blind, but doesn't let that get in the way of living life to the fullest. While at Queens she preached at Parents' Weekend as a freshman, went on rafting trips, started Queens' Disability Awareness Club, completed an internship as a chaplain at a Lynchburg Medical Center and studied abroad in Finland.