In 1981 the Department of Religion and Philosophy began a BA undergraduate degree and an MA graduate degree in Religion. Since the Departments separated in 1984, the Religion Department has added undergraduate degrees in a Religion Minor, an Arabic Major and Minor. Summer 2017 the Department added a PhD graduate degree in Religion. The Department of Religion formed the Institute of Native American Studies which offers a Certificate in Native American Studies.
The Department began teaching Religion courses in New Testament, Old Testament, Philosophy of Religion, Christian Ethics, Theology, Buddhism, History of Christianity, and Hebrew Language. The Department now offers many courses in religion found on all the inhabited world continents: Judaism, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Japanese Religions, Indigenous Religions: Native American Religions and African Traditions Religions, Anthropology of Religion, Religious Thought and Theology, Philosophy of Religion, Religious Diversity, and Language courses in Arabic, Hebrew, Semitic languages, and other languages associated with the Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program through Fulbright offering languages such as Persian, Pashtu, Indonesian, Turkish, Urdu, Tajik, Uzbek and others..