North Central College - Naperville, IL

Religious Studies

Why choose religious studies at North Central College?

You’ll better understand your neighbors—whether they live next door or around the world—so you’ll be better prepared to teach, serve others, minister in your faith tradition or pursue any other vocation you choose. In North Central’s religious studies major you’ll examine the world’s major religions and consider their global influence. Your exploration of some of life’s most challenging questions will lead you to the fields of philosophy, history, psychology, sociology, ethics and ministry.

You may also:

  • Analyze sacred texts and secondary sources.
  • Hear guest practitioners discuss their religious traditions.
  • Conduct research in areas that interest you.
  • Become involved with The Union, a weekly event that incorporates music, art and film into spirituality.

News

North Central College is the first suburban Chicago school to achieve gold status through the Illinois Campus Sustainability Compact.
Tyler Ward ’15, College Scholar and religious studies major
North Central College senior Tyler Ward presented his concept of fellowship bands to hundreds of United Methodist college students at national conference.
North Central College welcomes author, academic, civil rights activist Cornel West Jan. 23 as Martin Luther King Jr. Week keynote speaker.

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Internships

  • Assistant program director, Mountain Tennessee Outreach Project, Coalmont, TN
  • Intern, Junior/Senior Scholars, Naperville
  • Intern, Humanitarian Service Project, Carol Stream, IL 

Graduate School

Recent graduates in religious studies have been accepted at:

  • Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
  • Chicago Theological Seminary
  • Vanderbilt University
  • DePaul University
  • Illinois State University

Careers

Recent graduates in religious studies include:

  • Youth support worker, Geneva Foundation
  • Minister of discipleship, First United Methodist Church of Waukesha
  • Coordinator of college-age ministry, Calvary Church
  • Associate pastor and ordained elder, Glenview United Methodist Church
  • Associate pastor of congregational care, Brentwood United Methodist Church
  • Pastor, Roselle United Methodist Church
Religious Studies

Nicole transferred to North Central because something was missing from her previous college experience.

“I took a tour here and fell in love,” she says. “It’s a wonderful place to learn about your passion.”

Nicole’s passion is religion. She’s enjoyed working closely with faculty members to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of her own faith tradition as well as others. The religious studies department hosts a “mindfulness meditation” series that gives students a taste of religions from all over the world.

“You get to look at faith from many different points of view. You grow intellectually, analytically and spiritually. There’s a wide variety of classes and each professor has a...

Religious Studies major

After becoming the first person in her family to graduate from high school, Anitta hadn’t planned to attend college.

She’s glad her youth minister forced her to fill out applications. She’s also glad—after being accepted at every school she applied to—she settled on North Central.

“The ministry and service opportunities far exceeded those at other schools,” says Anitta, who was initially attracted to North Central because of its Methodist affiliation. “The education I’ve received here has surpassed anything I could’ve hoped for. Not only have I been prepared academically, but I've also had the opportunity to...

Religious Studies major

As a religious studies major, “You think deeply about some really big issues of life, faith and worldview. I can think of no better place to do that than at North Central College,” says Lauren. “Even if you don’t have a religious tradition, the knowledge gained in this field is so diverse that the possibilities for its application are endless.”

A standout in academics and service, Lauren was chosen as Outstanding Major in Religious Studies, conducted research about the Native American nations and presented her findings at Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research. She was involved with a music worship group performing at the College’s weekly Focus services, served as co-president of the United Methodist...

Religious Studies and English Studies double major

“North Central stands out because the professors come from all different faith backgrounds and it doesn’t affect how they conduct their classes. They challenge students in all areas in a good way.”

Luke hadn’t planned on adding religious studies as a second major, but the classes and faculty interaction reminded him how much he enjoyed studying religions. In fact, his studies strengthened his own Christian faith and redirected his future. He plans to serve in campus ministry and attend seminary.

“For an independent study, my professor challenged me to go deeper than I normally do and asked me probing questions. I was able to write a good paper and present it at two conferences.”

It hasn’t...