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Guide to the Humanities

Guide to the Humanities - Selected Resources

Why study religion?

Religion has always been with us. Throughout history, it has expressed the deepest questions human beings can ask, and it has taken a central place in the lives of virtually all civilizations and cultures. As we think all the way back to the dawn of human consciousness, we find religion everywhere we turn.

Religion is studied by an energetic academic field. Each year, thousands of undergraduates take a course in religion. In the 1999-2000 academic year, for example, about 685,000 students took a religion course at around 900 American colleges and universities. Each school year, many students decide to focus on the topic and make theology or religious studies their major course of study.

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What careers can I have in religion?

The study of religion leads in many directions, qualifying undergraduates for further study in graduate school and giving them a leg up in certain areas of the job market. Most religion departments offer students training in a unique combination of skills, including direct observation, critical thinking, and cross-cultural understanding. In many professional fields, such skills are in high demand. In addition, many religion majors or minors go on to study law, business, education, and medicine in graduate school. Some students choose to make religion the center of a professional career, either as the leader of a religious community, or as an academic specialist in higher education. In short, the study of religion offers a wide array of opportunities and a firm foundation for a successful and fulfilling career.

From Why Study Religion?

Religion Databases

Books on Religion in America

Books on Critiques of Religion

Religion Encyclopedias and Reference Books

Books on Christian Theology

Books on Biblical Studies

Books on Judaism

Books on Islam

Books on Hinduism

Books on Ancient Folk Religions

Books on Modern Paganism

Books on the Bahai Faith