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Explore humanity’s biggest questions about purpose, spirituality and a life well lived, and examine the profound influence of faith and tradition on every aspect of society and culture.

The interfaith chapel of Thanksgiving Square in Dallas

Religion is a universal phenomenon—a powerful force all over the globe, inextricably linked to the world’s political, economic and social systems. A deeper understanding of religious traditions creates an empathic foundation for understanding and analyzing contemporary issues affecting our fellow human beings.

Studying religion can also forge a fulfilling path to personal enrichment and understanding.

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Programs Offered

Sample Courses

  • Jesus and the Gospels
  • Women and Early Christianity
  • Buddhism
  • Modern Islam
  • Black Religion in the United States
  • Religion and Science
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Special Admission Requirements

There are no special admissions requirements for this program.

Our Faculty

You’ll learn in our welcoming academic community from renowned teacher-scholars with expertise in a range of backgrounds and faith traditions — from ethics to art, from Christianity to Hinduism.

What Sets Us Apart

While religion majors pursue many different vocations, TCU's Church Vocational Grant awards significant financial assistance (up to half-off tuition)—regardless of denomination—to students preparing for careers as ordained clergy, church musicians, directors of religious education, or pursuing other forms of full-time religious leadership positions.

All TCU undergrads take at least one religion course during their academic journey—as exploration. Our department offers courses delving into the origins and impacts of many faiths, and we encourage you to discover more about whatever facet of religion that captures your interest.

Career Prospects

When you study religion, you’re studying one of the most powerful and influential forces in the world today. You're also gaining rigorous training in careful reading, disciplined thinking, and clear writing — some of the most important skills you can take from college.

Religion majors and minors enter the workforce with a global understanding, an appreciation for diversity, and the cultivated analytical skills that will serve you well in a wide range of careers. Our graduates have gone on to rewarding work not only as ministers, pastors and chaplains, but also as attorneys, doctors, social workers, teachers, non-profit directors and FBI intelligence officers. Many of our students choose to combine their study with a second major or minor, such as Business, Nursing, Political Science and Criminal Justice.

Our program is also exceptional preparation for graduate school. TCU religion majors have gone on to pursue advanced degrees at some of the world’s most prestigious universities, including Harvard, Yale and Columbia.