Religious Studies

Chairs: Associate Professor Claussen

Professors: Huber, Pennington, Peters

Associate Professors: Allocco, Winfield

Assistant Professors: Marcus-Sells, Monteith

Senior Lecturer: Russell

The study of religion invites students to think critically and deeply about how and why religion has been one of the most basic and universal aspects of human existence. Religious Studies students will recognize and comprehend the complexity and plurality of various world religions while also developing the critical and analytical skills necessary for assessing the functions and effects of religion in the world, becoming informed and effective global citizens.

The study of religion encompasses both developing an understanding of the belief systems of various world traditions as well as examining the ways in which religious traditions and practices are embedded within cultural, political, social and economic systems.

Religious Studies majors learn how to examine and engage religious phenomena, including issues of ethical and social responsibility, from a perspective of critical inquiry. This includes complicating and nuancing categories within the study of religion itself. Having developed strong research, analytic and writing skills, our majors are well-positioned to pursue careers in a wide variety of settings.

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