About the Program
The study of religion opens the door to investigating the central concerns of human
cultures. At IWU, the study of religions is for everyone with an interest in life's
The religion department encourages students to learn more about their own religious
heritage, as well as to venture into new realms.
Classes, especially through the major and minor program in religion, investigate beliefs
and practices of world religions, including: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam,
and Judaism. Study also includes analysis of the texts of the Hebrew Bible and the
Christian New Testament, as well as discovery of new religious movements. Comparative
religious study is emphasized.
A major in religion is appropriate preparation for graduate school in religious studies
or theology, as well as for advanced work at a seminary or in counseling. Double majors,
combining religion with a second field such as philosophy, sociology, English, history,
or business, also are possible.
A minor in religion complements majors in diverse fields such as psychology, history,
art, and international studies.
As a religion major or minor, students choose primary courses from five different
categories and add courses that appeal to their interests. Majors conclude their study
with the Senior Project, an independent research project conducted with one of the
religion department faculty.
Many IWU religion students have continued their education at major institutions, including
Oxford University, Notre Dame University, Boston University, and the University of
Chicago. Others have pursued advanced work at seminaries such as Garrett-Evangelical
Theological Seminary in Evanston, Ill.