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. Brian Clites Will Give a Public Lecture on “Women’s Leadership in the Twentieth-Century Church,” at the Community of St. Peter on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at 7pm

Tuesday, September 11 at 7:00pm

The Community of Saint Peter
7100 Euclid Avenue, Suite 125
Cleveland, OH 44103-4038

Women’s Leadership in the Twentieth-Century Church
We often think of women’s ordination as a progressive, “new” debate. But women have been asking for a greater role in the liturgy and eucharist for centuries. And American women were never closer to achieving that goal than in the 1940s – 1950s, when a cadre of exceptional young friends led ministries of social justice that gained the support of leading priests and bishops. Those three women were Dorothy Day, Patricia Crowley, and Nina Polcyn. Each of these women is well-known for the organizations they founded. (Dorothy founded the Catholic Worker movement. Patty founded the Christian Family Movement and, later, Call to Action. Nina founded the Catholic library movement.) Although less-frequently remembered for it, Day, Polcyn, and Crowley were also at the forefront of the debate over whether women could one day become deacons or priests. This lecture will explore the relationship between social justice and women’s ministry, using these three exemplars as case studies in the potential of and obstacles to increasing women’s leadership in the Church.

Dr. Deepak Sarma Will Lead the Ethics Noon Conference “The Karma and Dharma of Hindu Bioethics” at Cedars-Sinai on Wednesday, September 12, 2018

“The Karma and Dharma of Hindu Bioethics”

Identify principles of Hindu bioethics in order to improve physician- patient, physician-family, physician-nurse, and/or physician- physician communication and interaction.

Describe different strategies and techniques for identifying and responding to Hindu bioethical issues.

Noon-1:00 p.m.
Lunch will be available at 11:30 a.m.

Harvey Morse Auditorium
South Tower, Plaza Level

Dr. Joy R. Bostic will present as part of the 2018-2019 Social Justice Research Lunch Series, Tuesday, September 11, 2018

“God Complexes” and “Complex Gods”: Emancipatory Practices in
Religion and Hip Hop

Dr. Joy Bostic, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, will explore the use of “divine grammars” by Black hip hop and contemporary pop artists to address complex issues of race, gender, sexuality, power and divinity.  A discussion will follow.

Tuesday, September 11 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Crawford Hall, 10900 Euclid Avenue, Room A13 (Ground Floor)



Master of Arts in Religious Studies applications

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