At the University of North Carolina Asheville, we study religion with an open mind to explore and understand the many ways human beings have sought to answer questions of existence and meaning.

Why Study Religion at UNC Asheville?

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Explore Religions and Culture Outside the Classroom

Religious studies majors travel far and wide to experience religion as a lived phenomenon in various cultures, including right here in Asheville. Our students hone their skills in traditional classroom settings and we encourage them to develop their expertise through hands-on learning experiences.

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Opportunities in Asheville

From the impressive Roman Catholic Basilica of St. Lawrence in downtown Asheville to numerous Buddhist retreat centers in the surrounding countryside and from Wiccan and Celtic circles to various chanting and meditation groups, Asheville offers a diversity of religious life that is unusual for a town its size.

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Student Clubs & Orgs

UNC Asheville’s Alpha Lambda Iota chapter of the national honor society Theta Alpha Kappa recognizes academic achievement in the study of religion. Theta Alpha Kappa encourages its members to continue striving for excellence in their academic pursuits and to contribute to the broader understanding of religious studies. Our chapter maintains a commitment to nurturing the talents and dedication of our students, and we look forward to welcoming new members who share our passion for this field of study.


Our faculty members are experts in the discipline as well as thoughtful and compassionate educators, offering personalized instruction and mentorship. They bring extensive experience and diverse backgrounds to the classroom, ensuring students receive a well-rounded and enriching religious studies education. 

Religious Study Careers & Outcomes

A religious studies bachelor’s degree prepares students for a wide range of career paths that require strong communication and critical thinking skills, as well as the ability to recognize and welcome diverse perspectives. UNC Asheville’s religious studies majors develop these highly valued skills that employers often seek. Potential career options include roles as educators, counselors, writers, religious leaders, and more.

Our graduates have achieved successful careers in these industries, as well as admittance to prestigious graduate programs at universities across the nation.

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Broaden Your Perspective in UNC Asheville’s Religious Studies Major

The Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies program prepares you for a meaningful career exploring the diversity of human spirituality and belief systems. Our hands-on learning opportunities, faculty mentorship, and study abroad experiences enrich your studies and set you on a path to a rewarding future.

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