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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Religion Major Ericka Jones-Craven presents McNair research.Dimple Dhanani was awarded the South Asia Center's Bharati Memorial AwardSara Ann Swenson Receives Fulbright-HaysIn This Course, Performance Becomes TextMaria Carson to be a Humanities Center Dissertation Fellow

Upcoming Events

FPP: Conference Paper Practice

Apr 10, 2018, 10:00 AM


For more information see the Spring 2018 FPP flyer....

B.G. Rudolph Lecture in Jewish Studies

Apr 11, 2018, 7:00 PM

Location: TBD

“The Narrative Powers of Women & The Failure of Cultural Translation: Alexandria in the Literary Memory of the Rabbis”...

Latest News

New book on Hermeneutics by John D. Caputo

Mar 8, 2018, 1:00 PM

Congratulations to Thomas J. Watson Professor of Religion Emeritus Professor John D. Caputo on the publication of his new book: Hermeneutics: Facts and Interpretation in the Age of Information ...

Ahmed Abdel-Meguid, summer Visiting Faculty Fellow at the Centre for Ethics, U. Toronto and Forthcoming Publication

Mar 6, 2018, 2:30 PM

Professor Ahmed Abdel-Meguid has been accepted for the summer ’18 position of Visiting Faculty Fellow at the Centre of Ethics at the University of Toronto. He will be working closely on his proj...