The major in Religion and Politics prepares students to interpret the influence of religion in the various spheres of cultural life and in light of prevailing political climates. In particular, we study the role of religious values in fomenting conflict and promoting peace; in preparing for a life of service; and in giving depth and direction to culture.

The study of contemporary religions as a living phenomenon requires the concomitant study of social sciences and politics in order to deepen one’s appreciation of the ways in which the religious roots of any society can impact upon both politics and culture. This becomes increasingly important in a world in which a successful career in business or diplomacy requires an understanding of the way that religion shapes culture, political thought and current conflicts. This program, one of the few of its kind in the world, provides students with a broad understanding of the major themes within religion while also allowing them to develop expertise in one of three cultural spheres: Western Religion and Culture; Islamic Religion and Culture or East Asian Religion and Culture.  With this expertise, graduates of this program will be equipped to provide a deeper analysis of existing social structures and contribute to solutions in the worlds of international relations, media and more broadly political science.

Required courses from a common foundation prepare students to apply their knowledge in one of three concentrations. In the foundations sequence, students are acquainted with the belief systems of the world’s major religions as well as political science and economics. This aspect of study involves learning religious studies methods, political science methodologies, principles of economics, cultivating the capacity for critical analysis, developing cultural sensitivity, and securing ability to communicate within an array of cultural and political idioms. In the concentrations sequence, students focus their learning on current problems and practically-oriented solutions. Three defined concentrations are possible: (1) East Asian Religion and Society; (2) Islamic Religion and Society; and (3) Judeo-Christian Thought and Society. With the consultation of an advisor, a self-planned option is also possible.

Integrative in nature, this study draws upon other disciplines. Students in Religion and Politics are encouraged to take courses in political science, history, literature, economics, sociology, and mass communication. Our students prepare to serve in non-governmental organizations, to seek professional degrees to further lives of service, and to enroll successfully in graduate schools of the highest caliber. Since the program is personally and intellectually demanding, its admissions policy is selective.




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“A Life in Service”: Peace Corps Panel @ Carlson Hall, Room 214
Apr 3 @ 12:20 pm – 1:20 pm

Join us as we hear from a panel of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers from the UB and local community about stories from their service abroad and how their service has influenced what they are doing today. Pizza will be served!

Sponsored by the College of Public and International Affairs and the UB Peace Corps Prep Program.

Getting to Know South America – A Foreign Language Lecture & Study Abroad Fair @ Discovery Pavilion, Wahlstrom Library
Apr 4 @ 12:20 pm – 1:20 pm

Join us for a lecture in Spanish by UB’s own Miguel Arroyo and Brandon LaFavor. The presentation will introduce you to South America’s geography, demographics, economics and culture. There will be headphones available so students may listen to the English translation as Miguel and Brandon give their presentation in Spanish. We will also have a special guest, Ilene Tillman from Academic Programs International (API) to talk about study opportunities in South America.

Sponsored by the Education Abroad Resource Center, Academic Programs International (API), and the College of Public and International Affairs

Pi Sigma Alpha Colloquium: The Role of Media in Conflict Resolution @ Tower Room, Arnold Bernhard Arts and Humanities Center
Apr 5 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

For the 11th consecutive year, a student-written proposal for a Chapter Activity Grant has been awarded to UB by Pi Sigma Alpha honor society. The grant of $1,200 will be used to fund “The Role of Media in Conflict Resolution,” a colloquium to be hosted at the University of Bridgeport. Three experts, including a guest from the United Nations, will participate. The grant is a highly competitive – 117 chapters applied for the grant this year. Only the top ten percent of undergraduate juniors, seniors, and graduate students are invited to join Pi Sigma Alpha, an honor society for students of political science. Please join them for a remarkable and engaging discussion of current global conflicts and the role of media in seeking resolution.

Sponsored by College of Public and International Affairs and the Pi Sigma Alpha honor society.

The Post-Arbitration South China Sea Disputes @ Discovery Pavilion, Wahlstrom Library
Apr 12 @ 12:20 pm – 1:20 pm

The Post-Arbitration South China Sea Disputes

CPIA Roundtable with Prof. Nancy Wei

In July 2016, the Permanent Court of Arbitration nullified China’s South China Sea claims, but the dispute is far from being over.

Beijing and Taipei both rejected the ruling, and Philippine’s new President Duterte has shocked many by agreeing to shelve the dispute with Beijing.

How do the new developments affect Washington’s South China Sea strategy?

Contact Susan Katz at or (203) 583-0509 for more information.

Graduate Information Session @ Wahlstrom Library - 6th Fl Admissions
Apr 19 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Students interested in graduate programs at the University of Bridgeport are welcome to join us for information regarding the application process and program details.

The graduate programs represented will include those in:

  • Education
  • Business
  • Engineering
  • Design Management
  • Counseling
  • Public and International Affairs

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