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Religious Studies

Virginia Intermont’s Religious Studies program exposes you to a wide variety of religious beliefs and values, including an in-depth look at the Bible and Christian ethics. Our faculty members help students develop methods for interpreting religious traditions through historical, textual and theoretical studies.

You will learn within a broad, liberal arts context that provides a sound basis for seminary, graduate studies, and an array of occupational goals. A Religious Studies degree provides a solid foundation for graduate studies in the humanities or any field that requires critical thinking.

Campus spiritual life provides additional learning opportunities through discussion forums and student organizations such as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Students put faith into action by participating in VI’s annual Day of Service, mission trips, campus events, and internship opportunities with local churches. The chaplain also supports spiritual development through theological reflection, religious tolerance and social awareness.

Areas of Concentration and Degree Programs:

  • Bachelor of Arts

Our B.A. degree builds your knowledge with five core courses in Intro to the Old Testament, Intro to the New Testament, Psychology of Religion, Comparative Religion and Christian Ethics.  We also allow ample room for electives – 37 hours – outside of the department. For other majors, a Religious Studies minor is available.

What can you do with a degree in Religious Studies?

Religious Studies graduates are qualified for a variety of religious and secular careers because of the program’s course flexibility. Many students take classes in business, photography, social work and other areas of interest that give them the skills and knowledge to succeed in numerous fields.

  • Graduate studies
  • Youth or adult ministry (with post-graduate degree)
  • Church administrator/director
  • Non-profit and service work
  • Human rights work
  • Multimedia communications
  • Seminary

Download the PDF below for an overview of the religious studies major, course requirements and course descriptions:

For an in-depth look at all our majors, please refer to our catalog (pdf).


Ronda Cole, MDiv.
B.S., Campbell University
– Magna Cum Laude
- Presidential Scholar
M.D.V., Duke University
- Certificate in Baptist Studies
- Benjamin N. Duke Scholar

Robert Rainwater, Jr., Ph.D.
B.A., Baylor University
M.Div., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Ph.D. Southern Baptist Theological Seminary