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.
Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Kathryn Lofton Upcoming Talk
Kathryn Lofton, Professor of History and Divinity at Yale University, will give a talk titled “The Pulpit of Reason: Transphobia as Religious Practice.” Thurs, Feb 16, 5:30 pm in Maxwell Hall, Grand Hall.Read more
Teaching Religion in Public Begins Series on Things
Teaching Religion in Public (TRiP) spring series on “Things,” exploring the meaning of “touch” and its prohibitions in a religious context, as well as discussing objects from the IUMAA, the Kinsey Institute, and the Eskenazi as the semester continues.See the schedule
Imhoff Honored as National Jewish Book Award Finalist
Sarah Imhoff’s book, The Lives of Jessie Sampter: Queer, Disabled, Zionist, was picked as a finalist at the72nd National Jewish Book Awards in their category on Women’s Studies.See all the winners
Manring Begins Journey into Premodern Bengali Literature
Rebecca Manring began a study of premodern Bengali literature with the Body and Embodiment in the Middle Bengali Imaginary (BEMBI) research group.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.
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