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Religion Studies in the news: "If I went back to college today, I think I would probably major in comparative religion because that’s how integrated it is in everything that we are working on and deciding and thinking about in life today.” John Kerry, U.S. Secretary of State, August 7, 2013


Religion Studies at Syracuse University

cultural diversity, theoretical reflection, individualized programs, and interdisciplinarity

The Department of Religion in the College of Arts and Sciences emphasizes cultural and theoretical approaches to the study of religion, and draws attention to the relationship of religion with literature, art, history, psychology, politics and philosophy. Students are encouraged to investigate both the religious dimensions of secular culture (film and music, for example) and traditional religions as cultural phenomena.

The Religion Department offers the B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees, as well as an undergraduate minor. It actively supports the interdisciplinary Religion & Society major and minor, and also contributes courses to many other degrees.

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News & Accolades

Virginia Burrus (Ledden Professor) will be a EURIAS (European Institutes for Advanced Study) Fellow-in-Residence at the Israel Institute for Advanced Studies in Jerusalem for the 2015-2016 academic year, as a member of the Poetics of Christian Performance Research Group.

Vincent Lloyd (Assistant Professor) has received an ACLS 2015 Collaborative Research Fellowship to study the role that a changing American religious landscape has played in exponential prison growth.

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