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Religion and the Arts, BA

Religion and the Arts at Belmont will give you a firm foundation for exploring religious studies through your chosen means of artistic expression.

Why Major in Religion and the Arts? 

Housed within a campus renowned for creativity of all kinds, this major will give you an opportunity to express yourself artistically within a faith-led dynamic.

This one-of-a-kind path of study requires students to pursue a minor in one of 11 arts-related programs: art history, dance, design communications, English literature, music (audition required), music business, painting, photography, studio art, theater or writing.

What You'll Learn 

You will gain a better understanding of the interaction between aesthetics and theological reflection.

You will participate in historical, theological and philosophical discussions that engage culture and religion.

You will examine how faith acts to enable individuals to construct meaning, understand life purpose, and move toward greater authenticity.

You will explore the ways faith expressions influence inter- and intra-cultural dialogues in personal and professional life.

You will have the opportunity to bring together the theory and practice of religion and the arts.

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Courses You'll Take

  • REL 1250, Introduction to New Testament and Exegetical Methods (3)
  • REL 2350, Christian Doctrine (3)
  • REL 1410, Vocation and the Christian Life (1)
  • REL 2410, Spiritual Formation (3)
  • REL 2510, Christian Ethics (3)
  • REL 3310, Church History I (3) or REL 3320, Church History II (3)
  • REL 4015, Colloquium for Religion Majors (2)
  • REL 3090 Spirituality in World Religions
  • REL 3095 Ethics in World Religions
  • REL 4590 World Religions
  • REL 3380, Faith and Beauty (3)
  • REL 3550, Faith and Popular Culture (3)
  • REL 4390, Religion and Arts Symposium (3)
  • REL 3440, Religion Field Experience (3)
Daniel Warner

Alumni Testimonial

"The Religion and the Arts major taught me - to put a lifelong journey into a short phrase - to love what is beautiful. My professors broke down divisions I had internalized between "the sacred and secular," introduced me to new perspectives on faith and beauty from varying Christian traditions, and engaged topics from Southern literature to popular culture with an eye for the ways the authors challenged the readers' conceptions of God and God's world. My Religion and the Arts degree has equipped me to read, think, and engage critically in theology, politics, education, and more as I try to live into the question of what it means to follow the Way of Jesus."

Daniel Warner, Class of 2013

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