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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.



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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Ann G. GoldSyracuse Symposium to Recognize Careers of Professors Wadley, Gold Feb. 26Syracuse University Hall of LanguagesCERES and SU Religion ColloquiumThe quote in Arabic من الخلق إلى الحق و من الحق إلى الخلق بالحق (transliteration: min al-khalq ilā al-ḥaq wa mina al-ḥaq ilā al-khalq bi-lḥaq). The translation would be: ‘from the world of creation to the Truth/God and from the Truth/God to the world of creation by way of the truth.’The Future of Islamic Philosophylogos of school in the humanities consortiumCentral NY Religious Studies ConsortiumBiko Mandela GrayNew Faculty Snapshot: Biko Mandela Gray

Upcoming Events

Scholarship V: Research databases for graduate students

Apr 3, 2019, 12:00 AM


Scholarship V: Research databases for graduate students (Guest: Prof. Marcia Robinson).Part of the Department of Religion Future Professoriate Series....

From Historiography to Philosophical Engagement: The Future of Islamic Philosophy, a two-day conference, Syracuse University

Apr 5, 2019, 3:30 PM

Kittredge Auditorium, HBC and Hall of Languages

Supported by the Syracuse University College of Arts and Sciences & Syracuse University Humanities Center....

Latest News

New Publication on The Paranormal and Popular Culture

Feb 27, 2019, 4:00 PM

Darryl Caterine and John W. Morehead have published a new essay collection with Routledge on The Paranormal and Popular Culture: A Postmodern Religious Landscape. John W. Morehead is an acad...

From Historiography to Philosophical Engagement: The Future of Islamic Philosophy

Feb 26, 2019, 3:30 PM

The aim of this event is to rigorously explore the prospects of engaging the Islamic philosophical tradition and not merely from a historical or philological. To be specific, the objective of the...