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Religious Studies

Skidmore College

48 months
58128 USD/year
58128 USD/year
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The Religious Studies program from Skidmore College is committed to being an inclusive learning community, seeking to both broaden intellectual horizons and represent a range of identities among its faculty, staff, and students. 


Department Overview

The academic study of religion is necessarily interdisciplinary insofar as religion intersects with so many different aspects of human existence. With a view toward globalized cultural literacy, our students investigate how religions shape and are shaped by culture, society and the environment from multiple theoretical perspectives, including History of Religion, Philosophy of Religion, Feminism and Gender Studies, Postcolonial Studies, Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, Literary Theory, Art History, Anthropology, Sociology and Psychology of Religion. Encompassing the study of literate and non-literate societies, our courses investigate the richness and complexity of religious traditions, be they indigenous, Western, or Asian in origin. Our students engage questions at the heart of the human effort to understand and represent the self, society, the world, and immanent and transcendent realities.

Courses in our department cultivate the empathetic imagination necessary for cross-cultural understanding and offer training in a unique constellation of skills, including close textual analysis, creative and critical thinking, and direct observation. Such training well equips our students to enter any occupation requiring a solid liberal arts preparation, including education, law, medicine, diplomatic service, human services, journalism, international business and development-to name just a few relevant areas. Some religion majors choose to pursue graduate studies in religion or to enter seminary, but for the most part our students find that their work in religion informs and enhances their professional preparation for a broad array of careers. The foundational skills acquired in the study of religion may be applied widely. Special expertise provided by advanced work in the discipline proves invaluable in any environment that requires well-honed research skills, critical thinking, sensitivity to diversity, fluency in challenging cultural issues and a globalized knowledge base.

We firmly believe that the study of religion fosters deep intercultural and global understanding, which in turn encourages and enables informed, responsible citizenship. The aim of the Religious Studies program from Skidmore College, in the topics it addresses and in the people they hire, is to further a robust and enlightening conversation about how religions shape the world we share. We thus invite persons of any faith, class, race, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, or ability to join us in that conversation.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Philosophies of India (NA) 
  • Philosophy Of Religion (A)
  • Japanese Buddhism (NA)
  • Tibetan Buddhism (NA) 
  • Understanding Religion
  • American Gods: Religious Diversity in the US 
  • Priests, Prophets & Warriors: Introducing the Hebrew Bible 
  • Jesus Before Christianity: Introducing the New Testament 
  • Religious Ethics: Jewish and Christian 

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

  • Secondary School Report filled out by secondary school guidance counselor or school administrator (includes official high school transcript).
  • Two academic Teacher Evaluation Reports .
  • Midyear Report filled out by secondary school guidance counselor or school administrator or school administrator or school administrator
  • English Language Proficiency test scores for those for whom English is not their first language.
  • English fluency is required of all students as Skidmore's liberal arts curriculum is based heavily on written and oral communication. All students must have the ability to communicate inside and outside the classroom. 
  • Secondary school and university-level transcripts and recommendations. Those not in English should be accompanied by an English translation. 
  • $65 application fee (check or credit card accepted). 

Tuition Fee

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    Based on the tuition of 58128 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Saratoga Springs

1282 - 2794 USD /month
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