Religious Studies

Religion has the power to shape the world around us. Your faith and beliefs are part of your identity. There are an estimated 4,200 religions in the world today. Learn how faith and belief in those religions contribute to the creation of a person’s identity and play an important part in understanding different cultures. Discuss ideas around the meaning of life and become familiar with many religious traditions while you analyze their role in society.

“My professors encouraged me to pursue my passions.”
— Beth Miller '19

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About the Religious Studies major

Carroll University’s religious studies major explores the rich history and traditions of religion and the role it plays in culture, politics and society. This major complements many areas of study including business, psychology, history, health sciences and writing. The required coursework offers you the flexibility to pursue a double major if you choose.

Our program provides you with the opportunity to study Christian traditions and also gain a deeper understanding of religions such as Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and Native American traditions. You’ll have opportunities to meet and share ideas with leaders from a variety of faiths throughout southeastern Wisconsin. And you’ll take courses that make you think critically about the interaction between religion and other areas including healthcare, politics and literature.

If you’re looking for a career path that allows you to serve others, religious studies may be the right track for you. Fulfilling careers in areas such as social work, education, healthcare, politics, non-profit organizations, law, library science or at a congregation are all possible. Religious studies majors have also successfully entered graduate school to continue their education.

Students study four main areas:

Southeastern Wisconsin is a religiously diverse area where you can connect with leaders of many faiths:


In addition to the major, Carroll offers a minor in religious studies that complements many areas of study:


We help you build real world experience, explore careers and network with professionals through internship opportunities. Recent placements include the following organizations:

  • Local churches
  • Political organizations
  • Local non-profit organizations


College is a big investment in a bright future. Learn more about the industries and careers our majors pursue, and the workplaces and experiences of the alumni from our program. See where yours may take you.

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Meet the Faculty

Dr. Pascale Engelmajer

Dr. Pascale Engelmajer

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
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Dr. James Grimshaw

Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Chair of the Department of History, Politics and Religious Studies

Latest Program News

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Dr. Scott Hendrix co-edits encyclopedia with help from Carroll professors

Dr. Scott E. Hendrix recently completed work on co-editing a two-volume encyclopedia.

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Dr. Engelmajer publishes multiple book chapters

Her new work explains how motherhood and mothering is conceptualized in the Buddhist texts.

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