The Department of Religious Studies is committed to analyzing religion, secularism and spiritualism as understood through historical, cultural and social experiences, and in contemporary life.

Religious studies faculty engage in the critical study of religion as a complex discipline that can impact global conflict and shape politics and policy, as well as cultural and social movements.They are published authors, renowned scholars and public intellectuals who are frequent lecturers, panelists and commentators on religious thought and theory. Faculty members are committed to addressing the social issues of our time, as related to race, gender, the environment and inequality, and have worked alongside prominent scholars including the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Cornel West.

Our department provides a range of courses focused on the intersectionality that is at the core of religious study. Religion in popular culture and public life, on the nature of Christian nations, in South Asia and as a vehicle for environmental and social justice are some of our diverse course offerings.

The department achieves interdisciplinary scholarship by working closely with the Global Islamic Studies Program and across majors, and with the College’s academic centers. Our faculty have been founding directors and are active fellows of the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity and the Goodwin-Niering Center for the Environment.

Religious studies graduates go on to careers in foreign service, publishing, entrepreneurship, philanthropy or with nonprofits, and higher education. Many are leaders in social justice work. As a consummate discipline of the liberal arts, a religious studies degree opens doors to continued learning, careers in education, government and diplomacy or in community action locally or abroad.