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Small classes and a committed faculty encourage critical investigation of religion in its cultural, social, political, and philosophical dimensions. Study particular religious traditions, or study religion from a global or theoretical perspective. Explore questions of meaning, modes of spirituality, and intersections with gender, sexuality, race. Both a major and a minor are offered.

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Religion is deeply connected to the human experience. We explore the role of religion in art, literature, philosophy, and society. We examine both the historical role of religion in the making of thought and civilization and how religion continues to play a crucial role in society today. Studying Religion can enable you to develop a critical awareness of one of the foundations of human culture & society.



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The hallmarks of our MA and PhD programs in religion are creative interdisciplinarity, theoretical reflection, and the rigorous investigation of material, textual, cultural, aesthetic, and political dimensions of religions. An intimate context and collaborative ethos nurture intellectual experimentation and growth. We strongly support teaching experience and pedagogical development.

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Upcoming Events

FPP: CV Workshop (optional)

Sep 25, 2017, 1:00 PM


For more information see the Fall 2017 FPP flyer....

Syracuse Human Rights Film Festival

Sep 28, 2017, 7:00 PM

Various locations

The Syracuse University Human Rights Film Festival celebrates its 15th year from Thursday, Sept 28 through Saturday, Sept 30, with an outstanding line-up of award-winning films addressing social justi...

Latest News

Dr. Virginia Burrus Honored as GTU Alumna of the Year 2017

Sep 19, 2017, 3:00 PM

Congratulations to Dr. Burrus on being named the Graduate Theological Union's Alumna of the year....

Alumna Angela Rudert (G'12) publishes Shakti's New Voice

Sep 13, 2017, 5:38 PM

Alumna Angela Rudert (Ph.D. '12), has published Shakti's New Voice: Guru Devotion in a Woman-Led Spiritual Movement, Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2017. The book offers a rich ethnographic study o...