With an emphasis on critical and careful thinking, honest analysis, and an openness
to learning about new ideas, Religious Studies is a dynamic and necessarily multidisciplinary
field involving ideas and methods drawn from philosophy, anthropology, history, art,
literature, sociology and theology, among other fields.
It is also of critical importance in understanding a range of complex social issues
spanning nearly every aspect of life, including politics, ethnicity, economics, public
policy and family life.
Events and speakers, at the University, around the city, and in the state, which relate
to the study of human religious expression are of interest to our students, faculty,
and the public. The study of religion intersects with history, philosophy, art, music,
film, literature and joins these in ongoing public conversations.
We offer students the opportunity to
major or minor in religious studies. We also offer an intensive major for those students who wish
to add a research component to the major and complete a senior thesis.
We offer two
annual lecture series as well as numerous talks by distinguished and compelling speakers. We hope these
lectures inspire dialogue among students and faculty from our department as well as
from other departments and colleges on campus, and the wider community.