In the Department of Religious Studies, we . . .

teach students about the histories and varieties of religion, including prominent ideas, and methods and theories informing the academic discipline of religious studies 

prepare students with cultural literacy to organize, understand, and present information, and the knowledge and skill-set required in many professions and careers (like journalism, education, counseling and social work, international business and management, heritage and culture work)

advance the profession of religious studies through a commitment to scholarly research, publication, and debate • promote informed public dialogue about religions and their interaction and influence with and on society and culture

cultivate awareness of religious pluralism and difference, creating global citizens with the capacity to engage in both sympathetic understanding and vigorous critique of the place of religion in today’s religiously diverse world





Fall Courses, 2017

See our courses available in the Fall 2017 semester under the "course offerings" tab above.

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'A Saint in the Sun: Praising Saint Bernard in the France of Louis XIV'

A new book by David N. Bell, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Religious Studies, examines the most important panegyrics in praise of Saint Bernard that were preached during the reign of Louis XIV.

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Text and Context Symposium Program 2017

Please see our schedule of papers for this year's Text and Context symposium!

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Do you want to learn Chinese?

Do you want to learn Chinese? R.S.1040 -  Introduction to Chinese, begins September 2017. The course is designed for beginners and is the requirement for the China Scholarship, a year of paid study in China.

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