Better understand humanity and yourself

Religion touches nearly every aspect of our world and society—literature, politics, current events, history, personal interactions and more.

Contemplate the ultimate questions, think critically and creatively about world religions, and analyze religious texts from various perspectives. You'll be challenged to become a more compassionate, empathetic and self-aware global citizen.

Interdisciplinary approach

One of our most popular classes, Being Awesome at Life, examines the definition of a good life across cultures and throughout history. Science and Religion takes a serious look at scientific and religious claims to find overlaps of agreement.

Other classes cover major world religions and how they relate to fields like ethics, archaeology, philosophy and environmental studies. Adding one of our interdisciplinary minors, like leadership and diversity studies, help you gain a better understanding of important topics in today’s world.

Your education won't end in the classroom. Join one of our very active student-run religious life groups. Study abroad through our Global Opportunities program to get a firsthand look at the religions of the world in Europe, Asia, Africa or South America.

Broad-based skills

About a third of our students go on to seminary at schools like United Lutheran Seminary, Princeton Theological Seminary and Yale Divinity School.

The rest acquire essential skills that translate into success in a variety of professions, including social work, non-governmental organizations and writing. Our graduates know how to think critically across disciplines; write clearly and concisely; handle conflicts and disagreement with grace; and encourage productive dialogue.

A Susquehanna education provides students with flexibility in coursework so they can conduct research, intern and study abroad. When it comes to your major, you’ll begin taking classes in your chosen program of study in your first year.   

Here are some of the courses that religious studies majors take in their first few semesters at Susquehanna.  

  • Intro to Religious Studies 
  • The Hebrew Bible 
  • Buddhism 
  • World Religions  

Download the current course catalog on this page to see the full list of classes and course descriptions for Susquehanna’s majors.  

Our students go on to study at:

Alvernia College
Drew University
Johns Hopkins University
Kent State University
Methodist Theological School in Ohio
Ohio State University
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Princeton Theological Seminary
Union Theological Seminary, New York
United Lutheran Seminary
University of Central Florida
University of Kent (Fulbright scholarship)
Yale Divinity School

Our students find jobs at:

Coalition for Christian Outreach
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Corporation for National & Community Service (AmeriCorps)
Department of Community and Economic Development
Esperanza Academy (Lawrence, Mass.)
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Holleran Center for Community Engagement
Lutheran World Relief
Teach for America
United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Jeffrey K. Mann, Ph.D.

Department: Religious Studies
Professor of Religious Studies

Email Address
Phone Number 570-372-4165

Karla G. Bohmbach, Ph.D.

Department: Religious Studies
Professor of Religious Studies

Matthew L. Duperon, Ph.D.

Department: Religious Studies
Associate Professor of Religious Studies

Email Address
Phone Number 570-372-4741

Thomas W. Martin, D.Phil.

Department: Religious Studies
Associate Professor of Religious Studies

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