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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.



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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Scholarship IV: Turning your dissertation into a book.

Feb 26, 2019, 12:30 PM

HL 504

Scholarship IV: Turning your dissertation into a book.Part of the Department of Religion Future Professoriate Series....

Stories We Are Told, Stories We Tell: Explorations in Ethnographic Methods

Feb 26, 2019, 7:00 PM

Strasser Legacy Room (220 Eggers)

In recognition of the careers of Susan S. Wadley and Ann Grodzins Gold, the Departments of Anthropology and Religion will host a panel of renowned scholar-storytellers who work on religion, gender, an...

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Syracuse Symposium to Recognize Careers of Professors Wadley, Gold

Feb 22, 2019, 1:00 PM

 Syracuse Symposium continues its yearlong foray into “Stories” with a panel discussion on South Asian ethnographyon Tuesday, Feb. 26. Recognizing the careers of Professors Susan...

Reusing Religious Sites and Reactivating Normative Texts

Feb 21, 2019, 11:00 AM

The Syracuse University Department of Religion will be hosting a with ten faculty of the Center for Religious Studies at Ruhr University, Bochum on March 4-5. The goal of the colloquium is to exp...