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Courses in religion explore how religion operates in culture and society so that students on any career path gain knowledge of this crucial but often ignored element of the diversity of today’s world. Thinking critically about religion builds skills of analysis, communication, and empathy that enhance all your studies and make your application for a job or graduate school stand out from the crowd. 

In the Classroom

Our Programs

The Department of Religion offers two majors - Religion and Contemporary Issues, and Jewish Studies - as well as minors in each. You can pair your study of religion with another major and combine coursework to reach your career goals more quickly. You can also complete a concentration in religion as part of a degree in pre-health or in public service and public policy.

At Hofstra

The Student Experience

Religion and Jewish Studies professors are engaged scholars in their fields who are committed to mentor you about your interests and goals.  They can also tell you about the resources and opportunities you need to enhance your education and succeed at the next level.
•    Honors Thesis
•    Internships
•    Scholarships
•    Annual lectures in Critical Spiritualities and Global Judaisms 
•    A biennial lecture for the Guru Nanak Interfaith Prize
•    Alum Network

About the Department

Part of the Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy, and International Affairs, the Department of Religion prepares you to handle our complicated and interconnected world as you lead the way working with diverse populations and bridging differences.

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Your Future

Career Potential

Students who major or minor in Religion or Jewish Studies can enhance their success in absolutely any career path, such as health, business, law, public policy, communications, social services, ministry, and the arts, just to name a few.

Contact the Department

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

Joanne Herlihy
Senior Executive Secretary

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Department Chair

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