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Skidmore College
Religious Studies

BA in Religious Studies

30 credits in Religious Studies

  1. Religious Studies majors must complete nine courses, seven of which must be selected from the religion offerings and must includeRE 103: Religion and Culture; RE 241: Theory and Methodology In The Study of Religion; and RE 375: Senior Seminar
  2. At least one course must be taken about an Abrahamic religion and one course about non-Abrahamic religions.
  3. At least five of the total courses for the major must be at the 300-level, with at least two at the 300-level taken in the senior year.

For complete details on requirements for the major, please go here.

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About Religious Studies

One simply cannot understand our pluralistic and increasingly interconnected world without knowledge of the various religious traditions that inform cultural identities and distinctive outlooks on life. Our students investigate how religions shape and are shaped by human cultures from multiple perspectives, including the history of religion, philosophy of religion, feminism and gender studies, postmodernism, and cultural studies. They engage questions at the heart of the human effort to understand and represent the self, society, the world, and transcendent reality. As a religious studies major in a liberal arts context, you will be equipped to enter fields such as education, law, diplomatic service, human services, journalism, and business and development.

Interesting Classes I Might Take

  • Goddesses and Amazons
  • Health and Healing in Asian Religions
  • World’s End
  • Tibetan Buddhism
  • Islam
  • Hebrew Scriptures

Full course list here

Beyond the Classroom

Field Trips: A weekend retreat at Zen Mountain Monastery in Mount Tremper, N.Y.; a day trip to Karma Triyana Dharmachakra, a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Woodstock, N.Y.; and a visit with the Hindu Temple Society of the Capital District in Albany, N.Y.

Recent Internships: working at a school for the blind in Bangalore, India; conducting ethnographic research at an ecumenical Christian monastery in France; providing translation services and organizational assistance for Latino workers at the Saratoga Race Course; and co-curating an exhibit on weddings for the Brookside Museum.

Study abroad at one of the following programs:

  • Antioch Bodh Gaya: Buddhist Studies (Bodh Gaya, India)
  • College Year in Athens (Greece)
  • Kansai Gadai University (Osaka, Japan)
  • King’s College (London, England)
  • Lorenzo de Medici (Florence, Italy)
  • Queen University (Belfast, Northern Ireland)
  • SIT India: National Identity and the Arts (New Delhi)
  • SIT India: Sustainable Development and Social Change (Jaipur)
  • SIT Morocco: Multiculturalism and Human Rights (Rabat)
  • Skidmore in Spain: Madrid and Alcala
  • Skidmore in Paris (France)
  • Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland)
  • University College (London, England)
  • Skidmore in London (England)

Success After Skidmore

Careers: A sampler of what our alumni do

  • Assistant, United Nations Foundation
  • Director, Jewish Student Life for Hillel, Baruch College
  • Executive assistant to district attorney, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Fourth grade teacher, Farmington Public Schools
  • French teacher, Tilton School
  • Naturalist, Naturalists-At-Large
  • Pastor, Tabernacle Missionary Baptist
  • Rehabilitation counselor, CPS
  • Residential coordinator, Cope Employers Program
  • Retail boutique owner, the Dutchess of Duke
  • Vice President, CSoft USA
  • Youth minister, St. John the Evangelist Church

Graduate Schools:A sampler of where our alumni go

  • American University
  • Bowling Green University, M.A., American culture studies
  • Harvard Divinity School
  • Hebrew Union College, M.A., religious education
  • International Center for Photography, NYC
  • Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London
  • University of Montana
  • University of Washington
  • Yale Divinity School


Meet the Religious Studies faculty members.