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Philosophy & Religion


Sanscrit on the wall.

If you study religion at Birmingham-Southern, you’ll learn how different cultures have put together the religious worlds in which people live. You’ll have the opportunity to learn more about local and global religious traditions, the spiritual dimensions of human experience, and religion’s place in culture and society. But you’ll also gain the skills to understand the processes by which people and groups create powerful meaning for themselves.

Here’s what you’ll find at BSC:

  • Religious studies at BSC are inherently interdisciplinary and intercultural. You’ll be able to study ecological spiritualty, the cultural context of the Hebrew Bible, Buddhist meditation, and the intersection of religion and film—plus much, much more.

  • We also ground students in the basics. Read sacred texts in their original Hebrew or Sanskrit, if you choose.

  • Our unique January Exploration Term offers opportunity to travel the world, join in one of many service projects abroad or here in Birmingham, or spend the time pursuing your own projects.

  • You can put what you learn into practice through internships and volunteer positions. Recent religion students have worked with anti-poverty group Alabama Arise, the Glide Foundation in San Francisco, and the World Council of Churches in Switzerland. The BSC’S Bunting Center for Engaged Study and Community Action and Office of Religious Life both coordinate service-learning and internship opportunities.

  • We offer an interdisciplinary religion-education major designed for students interested in pursuing a career in religious education; the major includes an internship experience in a religious setting.

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