Department of Religious Studies
The Department of Religious Studies offers undergraduate and post-graduate programmes, namely: Bachelor of Religious Studies Honours Degree, a Masters of Philosophy (MPhil) as well as PhD research in the whole area of Religious Studies.
The programmes offered in Religious Studies take a multicultural approach where diversity and tolerance of other religions will be emphasized. These programmes become more important in the light of social and cultural upheaval in wake of globalization, rapid development in information technology and urbanisation. These new challenges emerging from increasing secularism at local, national and international level, in both rural and urban areas require new perspectives from scholars in religious studies and theology. Such problems require new religious and philosophical insights, deep scholarly research to inform the different religious communities and give the new interpretations of the different religions in a global village. Thus, the Department of Religious Studies is concerned with contributing to the development of knowledge not only in the African context but also beyond the borders of Africa.
To be a unique and pace-setting Religious Studies Department that produces innovative and high caliber graduates equipped with quality information on religious, ethical, philosophical, Biblical and theological domains.
- To provide well-trained mentors for the different religious institutions nationally and regionally.
- To provide leadership for religious, biblical, ethical and theological education through consultancy and support services to the community.
- To facilitate research and publication in Religious Studies.
- To stimulate collaboration among existing religious bodies and theological institutions in Zimbabwe and beyond.
- To initiate religious, biblical, ethical and theological initiatives that address the many challenges of the world such as war, HIV/AIDS, famine and environmental change.
Religious Studies graduates can find employment; in high schools offering lessons on all issues covered under the revised curriculum,: religious institutions as counsellors, lecturers, administrators or pastors; linguists, creative writers, lexicographers, in NGOs as gender activists, counsellors; those who are pastors already can be employed as Chaplains for the uniformed forces like the Prisons, Police, Army; in welfare institutions as gender activists, HIV/AIDS counsellors and advisors; in colleges and universities as lecturers and any other religious oriented fields.
5.1 Bachelor of Arts Religious Studies and Theology is a full-time degree programme. Normally, a student will be required to complete the programme in not less than four years from the date of registration.
5.2 At the Third Level of the degree programme, students go on Work Related Learning for 10-12 months.
The Department also offers a Visiting School Programme. This is a 3 year programme. It is presumed that students registering for this programme are attached already to their workplaces hence their concurrent attachment on Work Related Learning with Level 2.2.
GOING INTO THE FUTURE
In addition to the MPhil that the Department is already offering, we shall be introducing a taught Master’s Programme in Religious Studies. Our MA in Religious Studies Programme seeks to develop sound conceptual, analytical and critical skills in students that are required for success in the field of African Traditional Religions; Religion and Ethics; Religion and Sustainable Development; Religion and Gender; Phenomenology of Religion; Christian History and Thought; Practical Theology; Old Testament Studies; and New Testament Studies. A student admitted to the programme shall be expected to specialize in one of these main areas of study. Our MA programme also seeks engage students intellectually and professionally in the critical theological, philosophical, ethical and religious issues pertinent to the needs of the 21st Century.