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The purpose
of the academic study of religion is to analyze and interpret religious beliefs and practices in their cultural contexts and historical development.

The discipline
of religious studies requires critical reflection on ideas about the nature of reality, ideal forms of human society, rituals of individual and societal identity, and sources of authority in personal and social morality.

Our faculty
are formally trained in Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. Our areas of expertise range from the ancient period to the present day, spanning the Near East and the Mediterranean, Europe, South, Southeast and East Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Every year we cross-list a variety of courses with Asian Studies and with Feminist and Gender Studies, and we regularly offer courses on Indigenous Traditions.

Our department
warmly invites you to explore our curriculum and to discover the many ways that the study of religion inspires self-reflection and enhances critical thinking, offers knowledge of diverse cultures, and enriches the liberal arts education.

Department News

The Religion Department is
delighted to welcome Devaka Premawardhana as our Riley Scholar in Residence for 2013-2014.  Devaka will join our department full time beginning in 2014-2015.

Summer Course in Turkey

RE 200 Living Islam: The Turkish Experience Block A

Sheffer Fund invites applications from students and faculty for support of research and travel related to Roman Catholic Studies.

Sean Kwo wins 2012 Hastings Prize for his paper on Process Metaphysics, submitted to Prof. David Weddle in RE331 The Idea of God.