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What is Religion?

In this major, you'll learn about diverse religious traditions from many disciplinary perspectives. You will study religion in different cultures and historical periods. You'll also learn about the impact of religion in ethics, politics, literature, intellectual history, philosophy, and society in general. This gives students a broad exposure of the major religious traditions of the world. In our program, students concentrate on a particular area of interest as well. Concentrations include:

  • Buddhism
  • Christianity
  • Hinduism
  • Islam
  • Judaism
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Religion in America
  • Individually designed areas of study

Career Options

  • Business
  • Divinity
  • Education
  • Government
  • International advocacy
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Ministry
  • Nonprofit work
  • Theology

Post-Graduation Success1

88% employed or continuing education

60% employed after graduation

25% attending graduate school

3% volunteering

$42,419 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Stephens Family YMCA View All

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Yale University, Divinity School View All

Academic Profile Middle 50% 2

24 - 30 ACT score

1170 - 1450 SAT score

3.26 - 3.80 high school GPA

Graduation & Retention3

4.4 years to degree

95% freshman retention rate

61% four-year graduation rate

86% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $12,036
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses4: $15,180
  • Total: $31,390

Non-Resident

  • Tuition: $29,178
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses4: $15,520
  • Total: $48,872

International

  • Tuition: $31,552
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses4: $15,520
  • Total: $51,246
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