Student and faculty engagement in Religious Studies

Majors in Religious Studies work closely with our department faculty to develop a course of study that is rigorous and centered on our students’ interests in the study of religion.

The Religious Studies Student Advisory Board curates events throughout the year. These public events have focused on topics such as Jerusalem Now and Then, Global Expressions of Islam, and religion and food. You will have abundant opportunities to work closely with faculty in Religious Studies.

Our students have traveled with our department faculty to Bangladesh, Israel, and Jordan, as well as to national conferences. Many of our majors and minors in Religious Studies undertake independent studies with our faculty, such as religion and contemporary media, indigenous responses to Christian missions, religion and popular culture, and memory and trauma. Advanced students in the major serve as preceptors in courses such as Introduction to Religion, Cults and Conversion, and Religion and Public Life. 

Religion in the world

The study of religion moves fluidly from the classroom to the world at large. Our students actively pursue the study of religion in conjunction with international relations, economics, the arts, the law, and politics. Our department regularly partners with the College’s interdisciplinary centers: for global studies, students work with the Toor Cummings Center for International Studies and the Liberal Arts (CISLA); for community engagement, the the Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy; and also with the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE).

A good example of the collaborative projects with the Centers was the 2008 Religious Studies-CCSRE sponsored student-led seminar that explored memorializing the war on terror. The students worked with architectural design students at the College to design memorials to the war on terror, all of which were presented at the College Symposium on Race, Space, and Memory featuring the playwright Anna Deavere Smith, the Holocaust scholar James Young, and the Director of Planning Design and Development for the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation Betty Chen.