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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

2018 Meeting of the Eastern International Region of the American Academy of Religion

Apr 14, 2018, 8:00 AM

501 Hall of Languages

The 2018 Meeting will be held at Syracuse University, Saturday-Sunday, April 14–15. Conference theme and call for papers will be available later in the fall. Eastern International Regi...

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Syracuse University Department of Religion to Host the EIR-AAR

Dec 1, 2017, 12:00 AM

The Department of Religion is pleased to announce that they will be hosting the Eastern International Region of the American Academy of Religion (AAR) annual meeting. Apr...

Flourish and Decay: Exploring Religion in Process

Nov 15, 2017, 12:30 PM

The Religion Graduate Organization and the Department of Religion at Syracuse University announce the 2018 Graduate Student Conference Flourish and Decay: Exploring Religion in Process on Fr...