Opportunities for Students

Community Engagement and Internships for Religious Studies Majors

Our students are encouraged to actively participate in community projects and take their knowledge into real-world internships that give them experience in teaching and research. From engaging in lectures with nationally-recognized scholars to working side-by-side with faculty in the community, students can pursue a wealth of opportunities throughout their time at DU.

"I’ve learned that in times where hate speech is circulated on the daily and passed off as the truth, there’s an even greater need for the sharing of knowledge, even 'education' if you will, to create a welcoming, open and innovative space to make meaning together."

Neda Kikhia, Alumni, BA '16, double major in communications and religious studies; MA '20, communication studies. Kikhia studied abroad in Turkey.
Neda Kikhia

Recognizing Student Achievement

Theta Alpha Kappa Honor Society

Theta Alpha Kappa is the nationally recognized honor society for students in religious studies and theology, at the graduate and undergraduate level. Students who maintain a 3.5 GPA in religious studies courses, along with a 3.0 GPA overall, may qualify for Theta Alpha Kappa, which also awards small grants and scholarships.

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Gregory A. Robbins Award

The Gregory A. Robbins Award was established by Corey Ciocchetti, a graduate of the religious studies MA program and current faculty member in the Daniels College of Business, to honor Professor Gregory Robbins, a current faculty member in the Department of Religious Studies and the 1990 Burlington Northern Foundation's "Teacher of the Year" at DU.

The Robbins Award recognizes the scholastic achievement of an outstanding undergraduate in religious studies. Awarded students must have an overall GPA of 3.7 or higher and must demonstrate commitment to and passion for learning and active engagement with religious studies in and beyond the classroom.


Internships in Religious Studies

Many students participate in an internship as part of their educational experience in the Department of Religious Studies. Internships offer practical experience and community connections as you build your foundation of knowledge.

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Community Engagement

Our educational approach is firmly rooted in supporting the public good, and our students help carry out that mission through courses and projects that promote community improvement. Community-oriented internships and community-engaged learning opportunities empower you to create real change while you plan your future, using your growing knowledge of global religious traditions and practices to work with organizations that mobilize religious identities and beliefs for social change.


Center for Community Engagement to Advance Scholarship & Learning

Hosting courses and programs geared toward community-engaged learning, inclusiveness and community organizing, CCESL is DU's hub for community-centered scholarship. Religious studies faculty members work closely with CCESL, bringing community-engaged learning, teaching and research into the religious studies program.

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Student Fellows Program

You can also work closely with communities by joining the Student Fellows Program. As Student Fellows, DU undergraduate and graduate students partner with faculty to lead community-engaged projects and new educational programming.

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Kirk Lecture

The James A. Kirk Lectureship brings scholarly leaders from institutions around the world to the DU campus to share insight on how religion influences current events, social movements and government policy. Students in the Department of Religious Studies have opportunities to meet each year's featured lecturer and make connections with scholars in the field.

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