Religion ProgramThe study of religion encompasses a wide variety of disciplines including science, politics, literature, philosophy, anthropology, and sociology. Religion students at Hamline therefore receive a well-rounded education that prepares them to work in a variety of fields. As important, they engage in a thorough exploration of their own religious traditions and those of others, gaining an understanding of themselves and the world around them. Hamline offers both a major and a minor in religion. The department keeps the major requirements low to encourage a double major. Several religion courses are cross-listed with the anthropology and philosophy departments and numerous others contribute to interdisciplinary programs such as women’s studies, African American studies, conflict studies, and social justice. Within the religion major students may choose their courses, but must take at least one that concentrates on a tradition other than their own. All majors must engage in some form of critical, independent study, typically in their junior or senior year. Study abroad is emphasized, as are internships. Additionally students often conduct collaborative research with their professors. Often they present their findings at national conferences where they network with professionals in their field.As a United Methodist university, Hamline encourages spiritual exploration. The Wesley Center for Spirituality, Service and Social Justice provides religious programming in all faiths. Students may also participate in on-campus organizations, including the Multifaith Alliance, Jewish Life, Praise Band, and Gospel Choir. Additionally, the university sponsors many on-campus speakers and events throughout the year that explore faith and spirituality. As an interdisciplinary study, religion prepares students for a wide variety of careers and graduate work. These include: Seminary Business Marketing and management Government work, Foreign Service, or the Peace Corps Nonprofit work Counseling and social work Education Journalism/publishing Law Medicine Hospitality Arts performance or administration Read more about life after Hamline.