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Department News

Religion Honors Society Inducts New Members

On April 18, Ashland's Alpha Kappa Delta chapter of Theta Alpha Kappa, the national Religion and Theology Honor Society, inducted seven new members: Chad Buckel,… Read more

Dr. Slade preacher at 50th anniversary of MLK's assassination (audio)

Dr. Peter Slade delivered a sermon, "Prayer and Justice", at the community chapel service in AU's Lower Chapel on April 4 to mark the 50th… Read more

Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Sue Dickson
Sue Dickson teaches primarily in the area of practical theology. She is an ordained Presbyterian minister. After earning her B.A., she lived in El Salvador...Read more

Alumni Spotlight

James Robinson
Studying Religion at Ashland University has helped me to not only become a better Youth Pastor and Christian leader in this generation. The knowledge that I...Read more

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Love God with your mind.

Deepen and broaden your understanding of Christianity and World Religions.

When you study Religion at Ashland University, you will explore the fields of:

  • Biblical Studies
  • Christian Theology
  • History of Christianity
  • Practical Theology
  • Christian Ethics
  • World Religions

As a Religion major, with the direction and guidance of your professors, you will write a thesis in your chosen area of concentration. This experience, coupled with deeply thoughtful classroom explorations, will prepare you for Christian service, seminary or graduate school. Read More.

Why Study Religion at Ashland University

It is true that many who study religion at Ashland University intend to enter some form of ministry as a vocation, or to go on to further academic study of religion. Many recent graduates have attended Ashland Theological Seminary while others have chosen such places as Princeton Seminary, Oxford University, Emory University and Duke University. The Religion Department's programs are academically rigorous, sensitive to issues of faith development, and focused on spiritual and moral formation--a perfect combination in the preparation of those called to a life of ministry in the church or academy. Read More.

In Their Own Words

See what people are saying about our programs.
The benefits that I have already experienced as a student in the religion department at Ashland University are immeasurable. Even though I grew up in the church, I didn't always understand everything about my Christian faith. However, studying religion has broadened my knowledge of religious... more
Jennifer Lindsay, ('15)
I believe there are so many benefits to studying religion at Ashland University. Religion is a fundamental part of the lives of the majority of people in the world. There are so many different opinions and stances on current issues that involve personal religious beliefs. I have my set of... more
Amanda Sivik, ('16)
The professors are both informative and objective, teaching the material well while allowing you to draw your own conclusions about how that should affect your life.
Michelle Tucker (’10)
Studying Religion at Ashland University was an integral step in my spiritual growth as a worship leader.
Robert Wright-Stasko, (’11)
I am blessed to have attended Ashland University and to have been a part of the religion department. For it was there, through faculty and ideas, that I was nurtured for my future, spiritually and academically.
Ben Sheets (‘03)
My upper level Religion classes were academically challenging and required much reading and reflection. If I had not been challenged in this way, I would not have been appropriately prepared for law school. I can easily say that it was the professors of the Ashland University Religion... more
Melissa Tommelleo (‘01)
My time as a religion major gave me the opportunity to expand and discipline my understanding of God, faith, and our interactions with the world.
Cory Smith (‘12)