Religious Studies is the consummate discipline of the liberal arts.

Our department offers a wide range of approaches to the study of religion that adhere to a mode of inquiry that understands that the most exemplary study of religion is: comparative across traditions, sects, and practices; grounded in history; engages in social and cultural analysis, and; promotes religious literacy.

In addition to teaching courses in major religious traditions (Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Daoism, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism), the department offers an engaging array of course in new religious movements (such as Mormonism, Rastafarianism, and Scientology) and religion in applied context (religion and public life, Islam in the U.S., religion and popular culture).

The department also works closely with the College’s major in Global Islamic Studies. Throughout, the Department’s curriculum maintains a commitment to analyzing religion and religious phenomena understood through the key human conditions of race, gender, sexuality, and class.

"Only by understanding the history and power of religion can we comprehend current events that are shaping our own lives." - Eugene Gallagher, Rosemary Park Professor of Religious Studies