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​Religion and Society

Explore the role of religion in contemporary society, including politics, economics, international relations, and popular culture. You’ll become familiar with different religious traditions and examine the ways religion interacts with politics, diplomacy, law, and business in the modern world.

About the College of Arts and Sciences

The founding college of Syracuse University remains at the center of undergraduate learning. The College is divided into the natural sciences and mathematics, the humanities, and the social sciences, with the lattermost offered in partnership with the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.


Sample courses for religion and society majors include: 

  • Indigenous Religions
  • Religious Cultures of the American South
  • Islamic Architecture
  • The Middle East in the 20th Century
  • Religion and American Consumerism
  • Religious Dimensions of Whiteness

View official major requirements.

Practical Experience

Seize opportunities to do community volunteering and professional internships—on campus, off campus, or internationally. Academic counselors and faculty advisors will guide you in aligning your interests and academic path with opportunities for growth.

There are more than 300 recognized student organizations at Syracuse University, and you can get involved with any of them. In addition to organizations based on religion and religious themes, you can explore groups formed around themes like art, politics, advocacy, government, media, and service.

Study Abroad

Broaden your perspective and enhance your resume with an international experience through  Syracuse Abroad, which features more than 100 programs in 60 countries. You can choose semester, summer, short term, and yearlong options for international study. Religion and society majors will find academic offerings at Syracuse Abroad’s programs in Florence,  London, Madrid, Santiago, and Strasbourg, as well as in the many study abroad programs offered by World Partners.

Life After Syracuse University

As a College of Arts and Sciences graduate with a major in religion and society, you can explore careers in:

  • Journalism
  • International relations
  • Law
  • Foreign service
  • Government diplomacy

You can also pursue graduate training in such areas as law, education, journalism, and more. Recent graduates of the program have attended some of the top graduate schools in the U.S.