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The Department of Religious Studies explores the social organization and impact of religion in ancient and modern cultures through critical theory, literary and visual studies. Our students come to understand the basics of different belief systems; the history of religion; the related philosophies; interpretations of ancient texts; the material practices involved; and how religion intersects with journalism, culture, business, and contemporary politics. This not only gives them a sense of their place as an individual in our global society, but also offers perspective to navigate any career they choose to pursue.

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The study of religion can help one understand the complex and sometimes volatile relationships between religion and politics, economics, and social structures. The study of religion is a useful complement for students primarily interested in other fields such sociology, political sciences, public policy, education, history, art history, law, cultural anthropology, or medicine.    

Our Undergraduate Program offers a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies, an Ancient Religion and Society Interdepartmental Major, and a Minor.

Graduate Students can pursue a Master of Arts in Religious Studies or Ph.D. in Religion.

Featured Courses

ancient sacrament bread bowl

Investigation of two major transitions in the early Christian movement and their impact on the formulation of Christian ethics: Christianity's transition from a sect within Judaism to a Greco-Roman… read more about Ethical Issues in Early Christianity »

Yamantaka god of death

Introduces students to history, practice, culture, and ethics of Tibetan Buddhism; contents include overview of Indian Buddhist practice and ethics; historical overview of Tibetan Buddhism with a… read more about Tibetan Buddhism: Culture, Ethics, Philosophy and Practice »

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