The Religion Department at Middlebury seeks to acquaint students with the world's major religious traditions, with varieties of global religious experience, and with religious approaches to a broad range of topics and questions. We emphasize the study of individual religious traditions, because we hold that a solid understanding of one is crucial for developing an appreciation for other traditions and for religion as a fundamental human experience. We also maintain, however, that it is important for students to have experience with comparative approaches to the study of religion. Our curriculum strives to balance, then, intellectual immersion in the thought and history of distinct traditions with comparative analysis across multiple religions.
A major in religion is an excellent foundation from which to pursue training and careers in medicine, law, education, religious leadership, and journalism (just to name a few). Midd alumni who majored in religion have been accepted into prestigious schools in each of these fields, as well as into the best programs in religious studies in the U.S. and Europe. Because of its interdisciplinary nature, as well as its focus on critical reading and thinking, a religion major at Middlebury College is quintessential liberal arts education—superb intellectual preparation for an endless variety of career and life pursuits.