Religious & Ethical Studies

Religious & Ethical Studies

According to recent career surveys, multicultural competence and ethics are among the skills most desired by prospective employers. As a religious and ethical studies major, you’ll develop the global awareness, cultural sensitivity, and ethical decision-making skills that will not only help you in a variety of career paths, but also enrich your personal growth. 


The religious and ethical studies major at Meredith offers an informed look at the world, its rich and varied religious traditions, and its ethical and cultural perspectives – from ancient times to popular culture. We prepare students to live in our ever-changing world where multiple religious and ethical commitments both inform and challenge our understandings of how people inhabit, experience, and ultimately shape the world we all share. Our faculty specialize in a wide range of fields in textual, historical, and cultural approaches to religious studies, ethical theory, and applied ethics.

Eleanor Jones

Religious and ethical studies major Ellie Jones, ’20, will continue her studies at the University of Montana in Missoula, where she will pursue an M.A. in environmental philosophy with full funding and a teaching assistant position.

Keliy Grobbelaar

The daughter of missionaries, Keliy Grobbelaar, ’20, has experienced a lot. Living all over the world helped her develop a great sense of cultural inclusivity and a passion for people from all backgrounds.

Meredith senior Molly Smerko

Raleigh native Molly Smerko, ’18, knew from the moment she toured the Meredith College campus that it was where she belonged.

Engaging Lectures

The religious and ethical studies program brings leading scholars to campus who speak on a range of topics – from biblical interpretation to the visual arts and architecture to ethical religious concerns.

“If you are going to be a leader and an educated person in the 21st century, you need to have knowledge about religious diversity.”

Eboo Patel, 2014 Convocation Speaker

Contact Information
Shannon Grimes
Head, Religious & Ethical Studies
216 Lux
(919) 760-8749
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