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.
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Faculty and students in the Religious Studies department are hard at work pursuing and presenting research, teaching and taking classes, and preparing for future opportunities.Read more
Student Research at the Lilly Library
Together with Sarah McElroy Mitchell, the new curator of Religious Collections at the Lilly Library, Constance Furey has secured an Instructional Development Grant from the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning for this semester’s Introduction to Christianity course.Read more
Relationship Advice from a 2500-year-old Chinese Poem
In his essay, “Interpreting Qiang Zhongzi in the Confucian Aesthetic Tradition,” Thomas Clarke Jackson explores the poem’s themes of romance, family, and female subjectivity through a Confucian lens.Read more
Zionism and Disability
Sarah Imhoff delivered a lecture at UC Davis entitled “A Critical History of Zionism and Disability.” She discussed how the Zionist movement often conceived of a Jewish state as a safe haven for all Jews and how it also promoted an image of the New Jew—strong, able-bodied, and healthy.Read more
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.