Our Religious Studies students are equipped to understand our diverse and rapidly changing world while learning much about themselves. This comparative field of study imbues students with the ability to assess diverse actions, traditions, and values. The knowledge and habits of mind learned in Religious Studies remain relevant forever, as key to a life of conscious choice and thoughtful, multi-cultural engagement.
Understand the world differently
Religious Studies courses help you examine your core values, both objectively and in terms of personal experience. In our classes, you will explore how people make sense of the world and enhance your global cultural knowledge as you engage in a wide variety of topics from barbecue to baseball, magic to mindfulness, and sexuality to the sacred.
The Trials of Joan of Arc
Provost Professor Winnifred Fallers Sullivan, Department of Religious Studies, discussed Joan of Arc’s story and what it tells us about the relationship of religion, law, and politics. Following her presentation, Sullivan was joined by Constance Furey, Professor and Chair, Department of Religious Studies, for a moderated Q&A session.Watch the recording
New Volume for Understanding Religion
Constance Furey’s article, Body, Society, and Subjectivity, originally published in the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, appears again as the first chapter in this new volume, Religious Intimacies, from Indiana University Press. The editors describe her work as inspiration for their project.More about the publication
“Augustine and the Life of Martyrdom,” MEST Alumni Lecture
The Medieval Studies Institute Alumni Lecture Invited Prof. Diane Fruchtman (Assistant Professor of Religion, Rutgers University) to explore the ‘life of martyrdom’ that Augustine enjoined, and examined some of the rhetorical techniques he employed to induce that life of martyrdom in his audiences.More about the event
TRiP Fall Series Explores “Failure”
This fall, the Teaching Religion in Public (TRiP) reading group spent the fall semester exploring the theme of failure. Religion has a lot to say about failure and so do scholars of religion. Religious practitioners explain ritual failures and unanswered prayers. Religion orients and frames personal failures. Failure, much like pain, can be read as an instrument of divine instruction.Read more about the series
URSA talks with Professor Lisa Sideris
The Undergraduate Religious Studies Association (URSA) heard from Professor Lisa Sideris on the aspects of nature and spirituality in folk music traditions.Learn more about URSA
A community of support
Our department is home to an incredible community of teachers and students ready to support your intellectual and personal pursuits. We are innovative and open-minded researchers who welcome unconventional ideas to help us better understand the role religion plays in culture and society.
The study of religion broadens and deepens your understanding of the diverse richness and mystery that attends being human. Our faculty is engaged in research through the LUCE-funded Being Human project to learn more about what it means to be human in our rapidly changing world.