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Religious Studies

Willamette University

48 months
53300 USD/year
53300 USD/year
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In courses in Religious Studies students at Willamette University explore the broad range of religious phenomena across time and cultures.


They learn how to think critically about their own religious traditions and to investigate the traditions of others with curiosity and respect.  More than this, they learn to recognize the pervasive and often hidden influence of religion in human history, in current events, and in cultural expressions of every kind, from art to advertising to politics.  Courses in Religious Studies enable students to become culturally literate and more fully prepared to understand a world where most people are highly motivated by their religious convictions.  And by considering how human beings have given meaning to their lives in so many different ways, students develop their own sense of what it means to look for meaning in their own lives.

Learning outcomes

Religious Studies at Willamette University offers students the opportunity to engage in the critical study of religion as a pervasive aspect of human culture. In Religious Studies courses students learn how to formulate critical questions about religious traditions and phenomena. They acquire a knowledge base adequate to a nuanced and meaningful understanding of a variety of religions, including beliefs, practices, cultural contexts and distinctive histories. Students develop as well the capacity to assess the truth claims and other contributions to human culture made by the leaders, scholars, communities, and texts associated with religion.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • History and Literature of Early Christianity

  • Introduction to the Study of Religion
  • Introduction to Major Religious Texts
  • Religions of Asia
  • Religion in America
  • History and Literature of Early Judaism
  • Forgotten Scriptures: Apocryphal Literature and the Origins of Christianity
  • Paganism: The Religions of Greece and Rome
  • Introduction to Chinese Religions
  • Introduction to Judaism
  • Soul Food: Eating and Drinking in Western Religion
  • Goddesses and Ghosts: Images of Women in Chinese Tradition
  • Japanese Religions
  • Religion and Science
  • In Search of the Historical Jesus
  • The Bible and American Culture
  • Topics in Contemporary American Theology
  • Liberation Theology and Social Change
  • Race, Class, and Gender in the Life and Letters of Paul
  • Topics in Women in World Religions
  • Hebrew Torah/Pentateuch
  • Topics in Contemporary European Theology
  • Buddhism
  • Shamanism
  • Taoism
  • Senior Directed Study
  • Directed Senior Thesis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Common application
    • Records of Secondary and Post-Secondary Academic Work
    • School Report Form and Counselor Recommendation
    • SAT or ACT scores - optional
    • Teacher Evaluation - optional
    • Official Language Test Score
    • Passport Photo Identification Page
    • Financial Guarantee Statement
    • Mailing Your Documents

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    53300 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 53300 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    53300 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 53300 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Oregon

1031 - 1701 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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