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Find a deeper understanding of the worlds we live in

Students choose to study the religious dimensions of culture for many different reasons. You might be motivated by concerns about social justice, by an interest in religious experience, by a desire to study the history of religious traditions, by curiosity about unfamiliar cultures, or simply by the sense that one cannot understand the world without understanding religion. At BSC, you'll study how different cultures have put together the religious worlds in which people live. You'll have the opportunity to learn more about local and global religious traditions, the spiritual dimensions of human experience, and the place of religion in culture and society. In addition to all of these, the study of religion at BSC will give you the skills to understand the complex processes by which individuals and groups create meaning for themselves and imbue those meanings with power.

Here’s what you’ll find at BSC:

  • Religious studies at BSC are inherently interdisciplinary and intercultural. You’ll be able to study ecological spiritualty, the cultural context of the Hebrew Bible, Buddhist meditation, and the intersection of religion and film—plus much, much more.

  • We also ground students in the basics. Read sacred texts in their original Hebrew or Sanskrit, if you choose.

  • Our unique January Exploration Term offers opportunity to travel the world, join in one of many service projects abroad or here in Birmingham, or spend the time pursuing your own projects.

  • You can put what you learn into practice through internships and volunteer positions. Recent religion students have worked with anti-poverty group Alabama Arise, the Glide Foundation in San Francisco, and the World Council of Churches in Switzerland. The BSC’S Bunting Center for Engaged Study and Community Action and Office of Religious Life both coordinate service-learning and internship opportunities.

For further information, please contact:

Amy C. Cottrill, Ph.D.
Chair, Dept. of Religion
Denson N. Franklin Assoc. Professor of Religion
Birmingham-Southern College
900 Arkadelphia Road
Birmingham, AL 35254
Ph: 205-226-4619
Email: acottril@bsc.edu