The major in religion provides a broad academic study of religion from a humanistic point of view. It covers the principal religions of the world, including Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Taoism, Confucianism, and Shinto. In addition, it offers courses in African-American Religion and Native American Religion, as well as programs in classical Hebrew and Arabic.

Communication Studies

The goals of graduate education in the Department of Communication Studies are to provide students with tools for generating new knowledge about human communication, to cultivate highly developed skills in transmitting knowledge about communication to various constituencies in need of that information, and to foster an attitute of eager inquiry and service.


Geographers look at how places interact with each other, and how they are influenced by larger, more global forces. Geographers think big! The Department of Geography offers BS, AB, MS, MA and PhD degrees and certificates in Atmospheric Sciences and Geographic Information Science.