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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Latest News

Announcing the publication of In the Eye of the Animal: Zoological Imagination in Ancient Christianity

Jul 18, 2018, 8:00 PM

Patricia Cox Miller, The (Bishop) W. Earl Ledden Professor Emerita...

Dana Lloyd to join the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics

May 18, 2018, 10:00 AM

Dana Lloyd will be joining the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University in Saint Louis as a postdoctoral fellow for 2018-2020. Dana is a PhD candidate in the Depa...