Religious Studies

  • IMG - Lang Religious Studies

    Students can study religious studies as minor or a  self-designed major (BA or BS, Liberal Arts).

    The discipline of religious studies has in recent decades become one of the most exciting fields related to the human experience and an integral part of a liberal arts education. In this interdisciplinary liberal arts program, students explore the intersections and intimate connections between systems of beliefs and practices, ethical codes, rituals, narratives, philosophies, and social and political structures across many cultures and centuries. While gaining knowledge of at least two major religions in a comparative study, students often find unexpected commonalities and challenges to modern understandings of world religions and their cultures. The study of the historical, political, and sociocultural contexts of religious traditions provides an intellectual background for those interested in pursuing careers in social service, education, ministry, hospitality and the arts.

    The University and New York City

    New York City offers a perfect laboratory for study and dialogue about religion. The New School partners with the Rubin Museum of Art in several of our classes each year, and many students have interned there and at other cultural centers, pursued further studies at New York universities and seminaries, and have found career and performance opportunities across the city.

    The New School offers public programs that give students both in the Religious Studies program and throughout the university opportunities to explore pluralism and to discuss major religions, philosophies, and spiritual beliefs. Past programs at The New School have included the Queer Christianities Symposia, ongoing collaborations with the New School's India China Institute, and Religious Studies Roundtables.

    Career Paths

    Many alumni go on to further study in academic and religious contexts, often abroad. They lead and serve in religious, social service, and activist communities. They teach at every level from pre-K to university. They have pursued careers in journalism, film, literature, and the performing arts.