Indiana University is a Research 1 institution with some of the most highly ranked departments and programs in the United States. Our students benefit from extensive expertise in the study of religion within the College of Arts and Sciences and across the IU Bloomington campus. Many departments, programs, and faculty offer research and and teaching allied with Religious Studies. The Ph.D. minor requirement ensures our students work with faculty in programs outside of our department as well as within. Several students have done joint Ph.D.’s with other departments, including English, Central Eurasian Studies, History, Near Eastern Languages and Culture, and Comparative Literature.
World-class library + museum collections
The religious studies collections in the Indiana University Library system are among the best in the world. The main library, the Herman B Wells Library, holds thousands of works related to religion. Visit the religious studies collection of the Indiana University Bloomington Libraries to find research guides and databases in addition to extensive holdings about religion and the study of religion. The Lilly Library is one of the world’s leading research libraries, including more than 400,000 books and 7.5 million manuscripts.
College research facilities
The College of Arts and Sciences offers more than 50 centers and institutes where you can explore your interests and pursue research—from labs and libraries to archives and galleries. Browse through the information here to begin your exploration of these centers of vital research activity.
A leading academic press
Indiana University Press sponsors several book series dedicated to religious studies and serves as publisher for a number of national journals with themes addressing religion in a range of interdisciplinary and disciplinary fields.