The Department of Religious Studies pursues a critical and comparative study of religions. This study aims to illuminate the dynamics of religion as a dimension of human culture and to develop theories and methods that advance our understanding of religion in its cultural and historical context. The faculty offers instruction in methodologies in:

  • The study of religion
  • Religion and gender
  • History of religions
    • Hinduism
    • Buddhism
    • Religions of China and Japan
    • Islam
    • Christianity
    • Judaism
    • Native American and other traditional religions
    • Religion and dance
    • Religions in North America

Related areas of study include a dual master's degree with the Departments of History or Asian Languages and Civilizations. There is also a certificate program in ethnographic and transcultural filmmaking. Opportunities for interdisciplinary study are available among a wide selection of departments such as:

  • Anthropology
  • Sociology
  • Asian languages and civilizations
  • Comparative literature
  • Philosophy
  • Classics
  • Women's studies
  • Theatre and dance
  • Journalism and mass communication
  • Fine arts

Degrees Offered


Contact Information

Department of Religious Studies Website


Phone: 303-492-8041