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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

The Haudenosaunee Sacred Waters & the Trauma of the Erie Canal

Oct 21, 2017, 1:00 PM

Skä•noñh - Great Law of Peace Center in Liverpool

Lecture examines impact of the Erie Canal on the Haudenosaunee Saturday, October 21 at Skä•noñh - Great Law of Peace Center in Liverpool...

Undergraduate Open House

Oct 24, 2017, 7:00 PM

Hall of Languages 105

Undergraduate Student Reception for students  who are currently majors or minors or are interested in having a major or minor in religion. Come and meet other students who are majors or mino...

Latest News

Announcing the forthcoming publication of Becoming Gold by Shannon Grimes (G'06)

Sep 28, 2017, 10:00 AM

Shannon Grimes (G'06) is the author of the forthcoming study, Becoming Gold: Zosimus of Panopolis and the Alchemical Arts in Roman Egypt, available soon through Rubedo Press’s Panopolis Project....

Dr. Virginia Burrus Honored as GTU Alumna of the Year 2017

Sep 19, 2017, 3:00 PM

Congratulations to Dr. Burrus on being named the Graduate Theological Union's Alumna of the year....