Religious Studies

The Central College Chapel

If you want to study comparative religious perspectives or pursue a career in ministry or teaching, Central’s religion program provides the skills you need. Students of the program have served communities as teachers in both schools and universities, as ministers, priests and missionaries, as lawyers and as employees and managers in various community-related services.

Central also offers a pre-ministry program with an emphasis on Christian studies and ministry. Central students are engaged with research opportunities, both national and international, and with internships in preparation for work and graduate studies.

The Central Difference


Central College is one of the most beautiful college campuses you'll find. A perfect mix of old and new, our buildings reflect our history and our future. Central's distinctive library is a spacious and popular haven with more than 230,000 volumes, computer stations, a multimedia collection, and extensive online catalog.

Everyday Impact

Experiences in and out of the classroom carried into the real world for Mason Muur ’20.

Study Abroad

Students are encouraged to study abroad to enhance their development as global citizens.

Learn more about study abroad.

Ministry Opportunities

Campus Ministries offers mission trips over fall, winter, spring, and summer breaks to destinations like Kansas City, New Orleans, Mexico, Haiti, China, and Ethiopia.

Students also have opportunities to serve in leadership roles with Campus Ministries.

Beyond Central

Putting the “Hire” in Higher Education

  • Pastor, Fairview Reformed Church, Fairview, Ill.
  • Associate director of student ministry, Parkview Church, Iowa City
  • Family therapist, Orchard Place Counseling Services, Des Moines
  • Religion and history teacher, The Pennington School, Pennington, New Jersey
  • Director of children’s ministries, The Bridge, Ottumwa, Iowa
  • Law student, Drake University Law School

Mulders Leave Estate Gift to Central

The Rev. Edwin and Luella Mulder left more than $113,000 to Central College in their estate as part of a living trust, helping establish an endowed scholarship.


  • Campus Ministries
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
  • Bread for the World

Graduate Placement

  • Western Theological Seminary
  • Princeton Theological Seminary
  • Talbot School of Theology
  • Aquinas Institute of Theology
  • University of London
  • University of Denver
  • Drake University


Religion students also gain experience through internships that prepare them for future employment or entrance into graduate school.

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Courses & Faculty

The study of religion at Central College includes courses in biblical studies, the history of Christian thought, world religions (such as Judaism, Islam and South and East Asian religions), and ethics and theology, as well as courses in Christian ministry and doctrine.

Meet the Faculty:


Learn More

Want to find out more about Religious Studies at Central? Contact us to learn more about this discipline and our other strong academic programs.

Visit campus to observe classes and experience The Central Difference firsthand.