Why Religious Studies?

Religions have been and remain among the most powerful forces shaping human history. Their discourses and practices inform the way we perceive ourselves, those around us, and existence at large, even when we are not actively religious. They are central to understanding both what divides us and unites us. The academic study of religion is a trans-disciplinary endeavor to understand from an objective perspective how religious traditions shape the lives of their adherents, without seeking to promote or disprove any specific belief system. Religious Studies acquaints students with the diversity of religious cultures and introduces them to key methods and theories employed in their examination as "religion."

Daniel B. Stevenson, Chair
Molly Zahn, Graduate Director
Hamsa Stainton, Undergraduate Director


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Announcement of Religious Studies Scholarships, 2014-2015 Application Deadline: March 1, 2014 Scholarship Application Form (PDF)

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