Department of


Courses in religion give students the best of two worlds: critical 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. 

In the Classroom

Our Programs

The Department of Religion offers a selection of majors, minors, and courses, with concentrations in several areas of religious study, as well as a concentration as part of the pre-health degree.

At Hofstra

The Student Experience

The department offers you the resources and opportunities you need to extend and enhance your education.

  • Honors Thesis
  • Internships

About the Department

Part of the Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy, and International Affairs, the Department of 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.

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Your Future

Career Potential

Students who major or minor in Religion and Jewish Studies tend to work in "people-oriented" careers such as health care and psychology, law and public policy, journalism and communications, and the nonprofit sector and social work, as well as museum work.

Contact the Department

Our Office

Room 104 Heger Hall
Phone: 516-463-6023
Fax: 516-463-2201

Joanne Herlihy
Senior Executive Secretary

Department Chair

Julie Byrne
Room 104C Heger Hall
Phone: 516-463-9570
Fax: 516-463-2201

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