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Religious Studies is an in-depth course of a religion, understanding how they have come about, what they are made of, what their practitioners do and how they affect the culture and society in Malaysia.
Has the subject of religion ever interested you? Not just your religion, but all the numerous religions around the world, and how they affect the people who follow them? Do you understand how religion has affected current events like Middle East politics, the recent insurgencies in Thailand, the genocide in Sudan or US presidential elections or do you want to? If so, then let us explain the course of Religious Studies to you and detail what it will encompass in Malaysia.
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Rather than teaching a religion from the standpoint of a believer, Religious Studies approaches these complicated traditions of beliefs and practices in the same way as a political theorist regards systems of governance or a literary critic reads canonical literature: that is, we do not attempt to assess the “truth” or the merits of particular religions, but instead seek to understand how they have come about, what they are made of, what their practitioners do, and how they affect culture and society.
With so many degree options out there, here are some top reasons why you should study Religious Studies:
Taking a closer look at religion helps you to listen empathetically, communicate thoughtfully, and write with a richer meaning, all capabilities of a diplomatic, tactful and knowledgeable person.
By taking a gander at the religious backdrop of various societies, a religious study student can develop a superior comprehension of why certain people groups act the way they do. By learning the different cultures of society, a wide social mindfulness is yours for the taking.
“We need to reject any politics that targets people because of race or religion. This isn't a matter of political correctness. It's a matter of understanding what makes us strong. The world respects us not just for our arsenal; it respects us for our dive
- Barack Obama
A Pass at the STPM examination with a CGPA of 3.00 or at least:
Grade C [Subject Grade Point (SGP)] of 2.00 in General Paper;
Grade C [Subject Grade Point (SGP)] of 2.00 in two  of other subjects taken.
A good pass in Sijil Matrikulasi KPM/Asasi Sains UM with a minimum CGPA of 2.00
Important Note: Diploma is not offered for this course. Students can enrol for a pre-university programme before applying for a degree in Religious Studies. This course is mostly offered in public universities, thus, it would be advisable to opt for the government pre-university route for easier access to public universities in the future.
It is not necessary for you to do your postgraduate but doing so would help you advance in your career and open up more job opportunities. You can opt to work straight after degree as well.
While you will need to be knowledgeable in the studies regarding the religion you choose to go into, you will also need to know the consistencies and differences it has in comparison with other religions, and how they all live harmoniously
As most of the subject literature you will deal with will be books written in languages of yesteryear, you will not only need to be able to understand it yourself, you’ll also need to be able to communicate it in a simple manner to people around you.
With the numerous religions around world, you will need to maintain a fair stance on any views that you have regarding your own, as you communicate and discuss the matter in a articulate and polite manner.
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The government, foreign service, or the Peace Corps.
Nonprofit or non-governmental organisations.
Counseling and Social Work.
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Do note that all courses should be accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA). Click here to check if the course you choose is accredited
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