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Six of the seven billion people world-wide declare themselves people of faith, and that number is growing. Religion is a fundamental dimension of human experience. At Carthage, students examine world religions from many angles, and receive the conceptual skills necessary to interpret religious experience in its many manifestations.

Majors and Minors Offered



Progressive Curriculum

The religion curriculum at Carthage is progressive in design. Your classes will address the most pressing religious issues of the day, while providing the depth and breadth in classical religion scholarship needed for effective ministry and graduate studies. The department has a fine record of landing graduates in some of the most prestigious seminaries and graduate schools in the country.

Multidimensional Study

Carthage offers students academic study in world religions, church history, theology, the Bible, and religion in society. Courses include Understandings of Religion, History of Christian Thought, Greek and Roman Mystery Religions, Religious Thinkers of Modern Times, Faith, Love and Ethics, Issues in Living and Dying; Creation and Apocalypse, Parish Service, and more.

Accomplished Faculty

The Carthage Religion Department has a diverse faculty to provide you with a wide range of approaches to religious questions. All faculty members have earned Ph.D’s, have published records, have extensive involvement in professional associations, and have plenty of enthusiasm for teaching.

Study Abroad Opportunities

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All students at Carthage are required to take two religion courses. This places the department in a great position to help develop the vision and values of the entire community.

Students studying religion at Carthage have ample opportunity to study outside the United States during J-Term, or for a semester. Spend a month excavating an ancient Roman temple in northern Israel, or spend a January examining religious myth and political vision in theatre in Berlin. Students have studied in Greece, Guatemala, and the Himalayas. Current programs are offered in India, the Israel, and Germany.

Customized Program

A major in religion at Carthage is flexible. You can customize the program to meet your needs and interests, and readily combine it with a major or minor in another discipline.

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