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, 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.

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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) 


Department News

Alumnus Jack Teter '13 returns to campus on October 2.

Professor Christopher Hunt inducted into the Martin Luther King Jr. Collegium of Scholars at Morehouse College on April 13, 2023.  Congratulations, Dr. Hunt!

Professor Coleman and Religion major Evan Hanks '15 both present papers at the 2023 American Oriental Society Annual Meeting in Los Angeles.  Evan is working on his dissertation in South Asian religions at UT-Austin.

Jessie Chapline wins the 2023 Hastings Prize for her excellent senior thesis.  Congratulations, Jessie! 

One Religion major elected to Phi Beta Kappa in 2020: Olivia Calvi '20.  Congratulations, Olivia!

Summer Course in Israel
Religion 200 / Classics 222 / History 200: Excavating Israel: The Archaeology of Ancient Judaism and Christianity