North Central College - Naperville, IL

Religious Studies

Spirituality is widely regarded as one of the most fundamental dimensions of the human experience. Learn how the beliefs and practices of the major world traditions (including Christianity, Judaism, Islam, African and Native American traditions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism and Shinto) have helped to shape the lives of people around the world — past, present and future!

You can explore and compare various traditions as well as focus on specific aspects of religion, such as theology, ethics or sacred scriptures. By studying these beliefs and practices you will develop a strong foundation for understanding the diversity of our global community.

A degree in religious studies will allow you to pursue graduate study, attend seminary, work in social and/or religious service or pursue other careers such as religious journalism.

We also encourage our students to form personal relationships with their professors in order to discover ways that the study of religion can fit in with their own personal and career goals.

i teach

Howard Mueller, Ph.D., Toenniges Professor of Religious Studies

Howard Mueller, a graduate of North Central and a faculty member since 1976, has a passion for teaching. “I really feel fortunate because when I get up in the morning, I’m excited about going to my job.” Students credit him with creating a space where it’s safe to ask questions. “I don’t want to destroy a person’s faith but push them to see if their faith can withstand critical analysis.”

It’s that kind of approach that earned Mueller the 2004 “Outstanding Educator of the Year” Award from the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation.