Have you ever had an existential crisis? Are you asking the big questions: Who are we? Where do we come from? Where are we going? Does what we do matter? Do we have free will? Do we have the freedom to define ourselves? Do you struggle with the tension between your own sense of identity and the expectations of parents and society?
If so, then the religion major is perfect for you. In our classes, we explore these big questions and then some. Our courses wrestle with the questions of whether there is a god, if we have a soul, why people believe what they believe, and where our moral guidelines come from. At the same time, we look at answers to these questions given by the great religious thinkers from all the great religious traditions throughout history. We also investigate challenges to religious beliefs from agnostic, humanistic, and naturalist perspectives.
These kinds of inquiries may not be easy as they confront us with our deepest fears and limitations, but they are highly rewarding. Asking the big questions might not be what you put on your resume, but it gives you a sense of who you are, a sense of identity and purpose, and self-awareness. Self-confidence not only helps in any career but it also makes us, as the saying goes, “sexy.” After all, as Socrates reminds us, “an unexamined life is not worth living!”