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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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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”...

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Keenan Lewis is one of the recipients of the 2018 Unsung Hero Award

Jan 29, 2018, 10:00 PM

Keenan Lewis, a student in the Department of Religion, is one of two student recipients of the 2018 Syracuse University Martin Luther King Celebration Unsung Hero Awards. Keenan has developed and im...

John D. Caputo Anthologized

Jan 29, 2018, 3:20 PM

B. Keith Putt, of Samford University, has edited an anthology of essential writings by Thomas J. Watson Professor Emeritus John D. Caputo. The Essential Caputo places twenty-one of Caputo's most ...