Religious Studies

Gain an understanding of religious philosophies and their impact on culture as they seek answers to meaning, life, and other issues.

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Religious Studies, B.A.

MTSU’s new Religious Studies major is the first for a public university in middle Tennessee. The academic study of religion contributes to the wider study of global cultures and international affairs, as well as personal and collective identities. Coursework in Religious Studies prepares students for occupations in a variety of fields, including education, research, religious ministry, counseling, human resources, and marketing. In addition to developing critical thinking skills, religious literacy helps prepare students to succeed in an increasingly diverse and multicultural society and workforce, from jobs as wide-ranging as international business leader to elementary school teacher. MTSU classes include such activities as experiential learning, fieldwork and ethnographic projects, scholarly research, production of short documentary films, independent foreign study, and language training.

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Scholarships Available to Religious Studies Majors 

In 2021, Religious Studies received a generous donation from Joe and Brenda Steakley. The Steakley Scholarship Fund provides full-tuition scholarships for up to five students yearly. The funds support students interested in pursuing a career in a ministry field, including but not limited to, non-profit work, religious ministry, fundraising organizations, overseas missions, etc. In addition, the Joe and Brenda Steakley Enhancement Fund provides limited funding for other academic and co-curricular experiences of Religious Studies majors. To apply, visit the Scholarship Manager portal. Students will log in with their MTSU username and password.

Religious Studies Major Jackson Gibson, winner of Robert C. LaLance, Jr. Achievement Award

Alumnus Jackson Gibson (double major, Religious Studies and History) received this award because he showed remarkable determination, made sacrifices, and contributed to the community while pursuing a degree at MTSU. In addition to his course work, Jackson worked for Tennessee State Parks and published his nature photography in The Tennessee Conservationist Magazine and Collage. Congratulations, Jackson! Jackson is now a full-time park ranger at Tennessee's Bicentennial Mall State Park in downtown Nashville.

News Briefs

Scholarships Available to Religious Studies Majors 

In 2021, Religious Studies received a generous donation from Joe and Brenda Steakley. The Steakley Scholarship Fund provides full-tuition scholarships for up to five students yearly. The funds support students interested in pursuing a career in a ministry field, including but not limited to, non-profit work, religious ministry, fundraising organizations, overseas missions, etc. In addition, the Joe and Brenda Steakley Enhancement Fund provides limited funding for other academic and co-curricular experiences of Religious Studies majors. To apply, visit the Scholarship Manager portal. Students will log in with their MTSU username and password.

Religious Studies Major Jackson Gibson, winner of Robert C. LaLance, Jr. Achievement Award

Alumnus Jackson Gibson (double major, Religious Studies and History) received this award because he showed remarkable determination, made sacrifices, and contributed to the community while pursuing a degree at MTSU. In addition to his course work, Jackson worked for Tennessee State Parks and published his nature photography in The Tennessee Conservationist Magazine and Collage. Congratulations, Jackson! Jackson is now a full-time park ranger at Tennessee's Bicentennial Mall State Park in downtown Nashville.

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A Religious Studies major provides students with an invaluable foundation for a wide range of careers in which reading, writing, understanding, and analysis are essential.

Employers of MTSU alumni include:

  • Tennessee State Parks
  • Higher Education Institutions
  • Religious Organizations
  • Counseling
  • Non-profit Organizations
  • Law Firms/Legal Departments

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