| Major Areas of Study: RELIGION
The religion program at Muskingum University is grounded in biblical studies (Old Testament, New Testament, Jesus in the New Testament, Biblical Archaeology), in church history (History of Christianity, Religion in the United States, Christ and the Courts) and in theology (Global Issues and Values, Introduction to Christian Theology). The religion major is also encouraged to study comparative religions (Religions and Philosophies of the East) and courses in philosophy.
- Muskingum students may arrange an internship with the Southeast Ohio Medical Center as a chaplain intern. Responsibilities include patient visitation, counseling with family members, and providing general pastoral care.
- Students may also pursue internship opportunities in local churches, especially in the local Presbyterian and Methodist churches. Responsibilities include youth leadership, church school teaching, and participation in worship.
Research is a common element in all religion courses, especially in upper-level courses, and involves contemporary theological journals such as Christianity Today and Christian Century, biblical commentaries, important theologians, and the sacred literature and thinkers of religions of the world. This work comes to fruition in the senior seminar research project, in which a student works closely with a faculty member to explore in depth a topic of her or his interest.
The religion department typically employs two or three students as student assistants, usually for light office work. Occasionally, students are able to work with professors in a more academic capacity.
Students may submit papers to present at the annual meeting of the Ohio Academy of Religion and the Midwest Region of the Academy of Religion.
Career Possibilities for Religion Majors
- Ministry in a variety of denominations
- Social service agencies
- Peace Corps
- Health field
Recent Religion graduates from Muskingum have enrolled in the following:
- Ohio University
- John Carroll University
- Wheeling Jesuit College
- Princeton Theological Seminary
- Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
- Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
- Union Theological Seminary-New York