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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 010: African American REligions
Religion 023: Quakers Past and Present
Religion 029: Islam, Race & Anti-Blackness
Religion 038: Religion and Film
Religion 053: Gender, Sexuality, and the Body in Islamic Discourses
Religion 095: Religion Cafe: Senior Symosium
Religion 114: Love and Religion
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Religion Alum, Dr. Wendy Cadge, named Bryn Mawr's 10th President

Swarthmore alumni, Dr. Wendy Cadge, who received a bachelor’s degree with high honors and majors in Sociology and Anthropology, and Religion, from Swarthmore College, has been selected by the Bryn Mawr College Board of Trustees to serve as the College's 10th president, effective July 1. Read the full story here.

Bryn Mawr College President-Elect Wendy Cadge
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