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Human Behaviors, Cultures, Languages, and Literatures


Bachelor of Arts


  • Oxford
  • Major
  • On Campus
World Hijab Day Display at Armstrong Student Center

Explore World Religions

Comparative Religion specializes in understanding religion as a dimension of culture. You’ll study how people's religious beliefs, values, or practices intersect with other areas of human life, including law and politics; ethnic and national identities; gender, sexuality, and family; health, consumption, and finances; and life transitions and death.

Contact Info

Jim Hanges, Ph.D.

Chief Departmental Advisor

Department of Comparative Religion

200 Upham Hall, 100 Bishop Circle, Oxford, OH 45056


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Curriculum and Courses

We regularly offer courses that apply the study of religion to matters of public policy, law, and the diversity of human cultures. These include courses that will encourage you to rethink the concept of religion, courses engaging the pluralities within specific traditions (e.g. Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, and Hinduism), and courses engaging intersections of religion with public life (e.g., Religion and Law, Marriage across Cultures, courses on contemporary militant movements, courses on Islamic finance, and courses on religious pluralism in the United States). We even offer a study abroad opportunity in the Sultanate of Oman and the UAE. Our courses prepare students with essential skills in religious literacy and an empathetic perspective required for success in any diverse workplace and future career.

At Miami, there is something for everyone

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Career Options

Our department's alumni have gone on to work in a range of fields, including education, law, government (civilian and military), the non-profit sector, media and the arts, and religious ministry. Several of our recent graduates focused on Islam in their coursework, to prepare themselves for careers in diplomacy, foreign policy, or national security. One graduate, a double major in religion and zoology, aspires to work with Buddhists and Hindus to preserve rainforests in Asia. Another alum, who majored in religion and anthropology, works in environmental compliance, ensuring that development projects protect cultural heritage. The religion major can complement many career paths.

Facts and Stats

Your college experience here will be one of the most exciting times of your life. To make sure of this, we’ll provide you with a powerful support system.

  • 90% First-to-second year retention

    Miami University Data

  • 21st Among Public Universities in the United States for Four-Year Graduation Rate

    The Chronicle of Higher Education Almanac

  • 96% of 2018-2019 graduates who were employed or furthering their education by fall 2019

    Miami University Data


Inaara Ladha
  • The world is changing too quickly for anyone to concentrate on preparing for one job. I’m crafting a set of tools that will help me in any job I pursue. I think that’s part of the appeal at Miami.

    Inaara Ladha ’21
    Comparative Religion, Economics, International Studies

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