Department of Religion
Marting Hall
(440) 826-2076

Student Success: Rachel McDonald '12, participated a prestigious program sponsored by Harvard Divinity School. She is one of four recent BW alumni to have this honor. She is attending Princeton Theological Seminary to earn a Master of Divinity degree.

Landmark qualities of BW's religion department include the diversity of religions studied and faculty mentoring (as shown above with Professor Ellen Posman).

Congratulations to Dr. Alan Kolp, recipient of the 2014/2015 Strosacker Award for Excellence in Teaching.  Alan is the BW Chair in Faith & Life and Professor of Religion.



Religion alumna Victoria Shaw '11 advocates for young people to take up farming.  Read her story:

Relevant and real-world focused, religion is a dynamic field that explores how people make sense of their lives in relation to what they deem sacred. It generates questions and encourages convictions that influence how politics, economics, global relations, ethics and more are embodied around the world.


Our comprehensive program includes studies in spirituality, scripture, history, theology and ethics.  Through our coursework, you'll gain a better understanding and appreciation of the rich diversity of religious traditions practiced around the world.  In addition, we offer you a forum for assessing the values, teachings and presuppositions that have shaped your core beliefs as they relate to meaning and purpose.


A career-focused discipline that prepares you for post-graduate or seminary studies as well as for workplace opportunities, religion builds skills in critical thinking and oral/written communication.  In addition, it fosters intellectual curiosity, introspection and personal and spiritual development.


Personal attention, faculty collaborations and interdisciplinary opportunities are at the forefront of our program.  You'll have opportunities to supplement classroom studies with self-directed exploration, including internships, independent study projects and study abroad travel.


An excellent companion field of study, religion is often chosen as a second major or minor.


Religion offers a variety of opportunities:

  • College professor
  • Diplomat
  • Foreign correspondent
  • Counselor
  • Social service
  • Youth/campus minister
  • Clergy/religious professions

Offered as a major and minor.

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