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Department of Religion
Colorado College
14 E. Cache La Poudre St.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

(719) 389-6636
(719) 389-6179 (Fax) 


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 Biblical Studies, 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, Feminist and Gender Studies, and Race, Ethnicity and Migration 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

Chloe Sharples wins the 2016 Hastings Prize for her excellent senior thesis.  Congratulations, Chloe!

In late April, Professor Franklin Lewis of the University of Chicago gave a beautiful talk on "The Gods of Persian Poetry: Rumi, Ferdowsi, and the Divine."  Sponsored by the NEH Professorship.

Professor David Haberman of Indiana University recently spoke on "Environmental Possibilities in the Worship of Sacred Mountains and Tress in India."  Sponsored by the Thomas Alan Kay Fund.

Mexican-American historian of religions David Carrasco of Harvard University recently delivered an excellent public lecture, entitled "Sacred Icon, Sacred Hill: La Virgen de Guadalupe as Migrant Mother and Sacred Bundle," co-sponsored by Southwest Studies, the Religion Department and the Paul Frederick Sheffer Memorial Endowment for Roman Catholic Studies.

Acclaimed translator of Chinese poetry and philosophy David Hinton spoke recently on "Another Universe: Wilderness Thought in Ancient Chinese Culture."  Sponsored by the Thomas Alan Kay Fund.

Summer Course in Turkey
RE 200 Living Islam: The Turkish Experience Block A.  See Dylan Davie's final project for the course in 2013 at