Department of Religious Studies

The Department of Religious Studies examines religious beliefs, institutions and practices using approaches from the humanities, arts, social sciences and sciences. The academic study of religion, combined with appropriate courses in other fields, provides an excellent background for any professional career—including law, engineering, medicine and health care professions, journalism, social work and others—and for graduate studies in a number of fields.

A major in religious studies provides a well-rounded liberal arts education or can be combined conveniently with a second major. Minors or sequences in religious studies complement and broaden any field chosen as a major.

Professor Jonathan Tan’s Book Named Outstanding Book in Mission Studies

Date posted: July 29th, 2015

Professor Tan’s Christian Mission Among the Peoples of Asia (Orbis, 2014) was recently named one of Fifteen Outstanding Books of 2014 for Mission Studies by the International Bulletin of Missionary Research. …Read more.

Groundbreaking New Book on Japanese Buddhism by Professor William Deal and Co-author Brian Ruppert

Date posted: July 29th, 2015

A Cultural History of Japanese Buddhism (Wiley-Blackwell, 2015) offers a comprehensive, nuanced, and chronological account of the evolution of Buddhist religion in Japan from the sixth century to the present day. …Read more.

Dr. Joy R. Bostic Keynote Speaker at International Workshop: “Longing, Suffering, and Love in Mystical Theory and Practice”

Date posted: July 29th, 2015

Dr. Joy R. Bostic will be the keynote speaker at the International Workshop: “Longing, Suffering, and Love in Mystical Theory and Practice” at the University of Konstanz, July 31-August 1.  For more information please refer to …Read more.


Master of Arts in Religious Studies applications

Applications for the Master of Arts Program in Religious Studies are now being accepted.