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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

Gareth Fisher  (Associate Professor) wrote From Comrades to Bodhisattvas: Moral Dimensions of Lay Buddhist Practice in Contemporary China, published by the University of Hawaii, 2014.

Gustav Niebuhr (Associate Professor) wrote Lincoln's Bishop: A President, A Priest, and the Fate of 300 Dakota Sioux Warriors, published by Harper Collins, 2014.

Vincent Lloyd (Assistant Professor) co-edited Sainthood and Race: Marked Flesh, Holy Flesh, published by Routledge, 2014.

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