Why Study Religions?

The Study of Religions Department at UCC offers the academic study of religions and spiritualities. Religion, in all its understandings, continues to play an influential role in the world, for good or ill. Exploring a deeper study of religions allows one to understand the world we live in." We see significant streams of religions in politics, society, economics, literature, music and art and it is for this reason that we need an understanding of religions – in all their various manifestations - in order to make sense of our changing world. Few days pass without reports in the media on the impact of religions upon both local and global events, and on the lives of individuals and communities.

The Study of Religions Departments here at UCC is the place to research and explore these important questions that are a part of foreign policies, laws, gender roles, diet, dress and ethical and moral beliefs.  Religions affect the ways in which people interact and communicate and can be a powerful resource for both cooperation and antagonism.  Freedom of expression, equality and tolerance and justifications for violence and war, very often have strong religious dimensions that are also part of our contemporary debates.

Religions are constantly changing, as society changes.  Some people reject religion altogether, others are turning to 'alternative' spiritualities in search of personal and spiritual fulfilment while others want to reinforce 'traditional' religious values in a changing world.

If you are interested in understanding the diverse ways in which people live their lives, examining critical questions, this subject is most probably for you.

Please see here for a video filmed by one of our students of a recent fieldtrip.

Career Opportunities

UCC's Religions and Global Diversity programme is recognised by The Teaching Council for intending teachers of post-primary RE in Ireland. As society in Ireland and throughout the world becomes more culturally diverse, understanding different religious beliefs and practices becomes increasingly important in the workplace, for teachers, government, development agencies, international business, those in the media, in healthcare and in human resources. In addition to helping you to develop the blend of specific and transferable skills common to all Arts subjects, Religions and Global Diversity will give you insights into religion and culture, which should help you in the workplace and when seeking employment.


Study of Religions Department

Staidéar Reiligiún

Room 2.22, T12 ND89