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.
Manring Awarded Fulbright-Nehru Award
Rebecca Manring has been awarded a Fulbright-Nehru Senior Scholar Award to pursue fieldwork connected with the Dharma-mangala, a Middle Bengali epic.Read more
Carlson Hasler Awarded Trustees Teaching Award
The winner of the 2022 Trustees Teaching Award in Religious Studies is Laura Carlson Hasler.Read more
Sullivan to Teach Ukrainian Students
In June, Winnifred Sullivan will be teaching a one-week course on Joan of Arc for displaced Ukrainian students for the “Flying University for Ukrainian Students” organized by the Kościuszko Foundation.Read more
Blair Studying Ganmon
This summer Heather Blair will be exploring these questions through research on the social and literary history of eleventh-century prayer-texts (ganmon) from Japan.Read more
Stratton Awarded Carleton T. Hodge Prize
Emily Stratton was awarded the Carleton T. Hodge Prize for her work developing a training program for IU Global Gateway for Teachers.Read more
Slaughter Awarded Curatorial Graduate Assistantship at the IUMAA
Maggie Slaughter will serve as the Curatorial Graduate Assistant for the Ethnographic Collections at the IU Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology for 2022-2023.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.