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The undergraduate B.A. in the Department of Religious Studies is a research, analysis, and writing intensive program that features close work with faculty in small classroom settings. It seeks to develop a foundational knowledge of the world’s diversity of religious cultures and critical awareness of the ways in which religion shapes how we see and act toward ourselves, others, and the environment around us. Through the study of specific religious traditions and settings, students come away with a background that is invaluable to understanding and working with people of other cultures, whether in international business or simply as an informed global citizen.


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For those interested in working towards the Ph.D. in Religious Studies and a career in academics, or embarking on an equivalent level of training in a related profession, the Department of Religious Studies is equipped to help the individual student acquire the skills that she or he needs in order to move on to more advanced levels of study, whether it be specialized work in languages, methodological approaches, or area studies. The Department of Religious Studies at KU is also in the unusual position of being able to provide substantial financial support for students seeking the MA degree.


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