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Department Overview

Why Study Religion?

To explore how humans understand and experience the sacred, the self, and the world.
To celebrate the complexity and variety within religious life and thought.
To cultivate skills of reading, speaking, and writing.
To share in the delight of asking--and even risking answers to--questions about the meaning of life and the sources of human and social transformation.
To experience the knowledge that arises from an appreciation of the place of religion in human experience.
The study of Religion can provide excellent preparation for a variety of careers, such as law, teaching, counseling, business, journalism, politics, writing, medicine, and the arts. Find courses here.

Reflections on the Study of Religion


Religion 008: Patterns of Asian Religion
Religion 027: Christian Nationalism, White Supremacy, and Antisemitism
Religion 035: The Talmud Lab
Religion 038: Religion and Film
Religion 052: The Good Life
Religion 062: Magic: Theory and Practice
Religion 073: Namaste America
Religion 098: Islamic Law and Society
Religion 104: Angels
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