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.

Dr. Deepak Sarma to Present at the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities Annual Meeting on October 20, 2018

“Is there a Universal Bioethics? Can “Western” Principles be Applied to Hindu Contexts?”

American Society for Bioethics and Humanities
Annual Meeting, Disneyland Hotel, Anaheim, CA
October 20, 2018, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM!/4716/presentation/912

Read Dr. Brian Clites article in The Conversation “The Catholic Church’s grim history of ignoring priestly pedophilia – and silencing would-be whistleblowers”

Last month’s Pennsylvania Grand Jury investigation is only the tip of the iceberg. As Dr. Brian Clites explains in this article, the Catholic Church has been silencing survivors and whistle-blowers since at least the 1950s.


Fall 2018 RATNER FAMILY LECTURE IN RELIGION, Wednesday, October 10 at 4:30pm

Distinguished Lecturer: Tat siong Benny Liew
Class of 1956 Professor in New Testament Studies at the College of the Holy Cross

“Follow the Script[ure)? Rewriting Cultural &Religious Dictations”

Wednesday, October 10 at 4:30 pm
Tinkham Veale University Center Ballroom C

Dr. Sarma will Give a Lecture at University of California, Riverside on October 19, 2018

Circumventing Methodological Challenges: Identity, Ritual, & the case of the Unwanted Circumcision of a Hindu Boy

Dr. Sarma fleshes out the methodological and bioethical complexities that emerge from a malpractice case for which he was retained as an expert consultant, concerning an innocent infant, a child of Hindu parents, who was circumcised without the required parental consent.

Friday, October 19 11:10-12:30


Master of Arts in Religious Studies applications

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