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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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Study Religion

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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Upcoming Events

Scholarship VI: Lessons from ethnographic fieldwork

Apr 30, 2019, 12:30 PM


Scholarship VI: Lessons from ethnographic fieldwork (Guests: Mallory Hennigar and Sara Swenson)....

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Fall and Summer 2019 Course Offerings

Apr 11, 2019, 3:00 PM


New SU Press Haudenosaunee and Indigenous Worlds Series

Apr 10, 2019, 5:30 PM

The Syracuse University Press is pleased to announce its new Haudenosaunee and Indigenous Worlds series. This series will expand the Press’s historical emphasis in “Iroquois...