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Courses in Religion give students the best of both worlds: crucial thinking about life’s big questions plus career preparation in communication, analysis, politics, global issues, and interfaith realities that will make your application for a job or graduate school stand out from the crowd. Part of the Kalikow School of Government, Policy, and International Affairs, Religion prepares you to handle our diverse and interconnected world and lead the way in interreligious understanding.  It cultivates your wonder, questioning, creativity, and originality.  Professors in the department are devoted mentors who will counsel you on internships and professions.  Recent graduates have started successful careers in health care, law, business, journalism, nonprofits, the arts and much more.

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"The failure of Americans to understand other religions "poses one of the great challenges to our public diplomacy."
- former US secretary of state Madeline Albright (2003)

"If I went back to college today, I think I would probably major in comparative religion because that's how integrated [religion] is in everything that we are working on and deciding and thinking about in life today"
- former US secretary of state John Kerry (2013)

Highlights of the Religion program at Hofstra include:

  • Courses that complement specific career goals in Health and Healing, Journalism and Media, Diversity and Global Politics
  • Internships in hospice, museums, and nonprofits related to interfaith understanding and social justice
  • A specialized B.A. major in Jewish Studies; courses in Catholic Studies and Sikh Studies; classes about the "spiritual but not religious” phenomenon as well as atheism, humanism, and skepticism; concentrations within other majors in the School of Health and the Kalikow School
  • The presentation of the annual Guru Nanak Interfaith Prize that gives students valuable networking opportunities with national and international leaders
  • Annual lectures in Critical Spiritualities and Global Judaisms that bring renowned scholars to campus

Contact Information

John Teehan
Department Chair
104K Heger Hall
(516) 463-6412
Fax: (516) 463-2201
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Joanne Herlihy
Senior Executive Secretary
104 Heger Hall
(516) 463-6023
Fax: (516) 463-2201

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