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. Joy Bostic will Present at Inspiring Change through Truth Telling: A Social Justice Teach-In on Saturday, February 9, 2019

Dr. Bostic will be presenting as part of Inspiring Change through Truth Telling: A Social Justice Teach-In on Saturday, February 9. Dr. Bostic’s presentation, titled “God Complexes” and “Complex Gods”: Emancipatory Practices in Religion and Hip Hop, will be held from 1:40-2:35 p.m. in the Tinkham Veale University Center Atrium. For more information, please visit

Read the Interview with Dr. Justine Howe in the Fall/Winter 2018 Issue of Art/Sci Magazine!

Suburban Islam

Justine Howe portrays the experiences and aspirations of an American Muslim community

By Arthur Evenchik

Professor Sarma to Lecture at Cleveland Clinic Bioethics Grand Rounds, Monday, November 12, 2018

“On Hindu Bioethics: Respecting Diverse Beliefs in the Context of Western Medicine’s Standards of Care”

Dr. Sarma fleshes out the 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. He argues that, given Hindu beliefs about the status and integrity of the body, the malpractice is contextually egregious, violates Hindu bioethics, and ought to incur consequential, rather than nominal, damages. In his presentation of the case, attendees will learn the fundamentals of Hindu bioethics as well as its application to a relevant case.

Bioethics Grand Rounds
Bunts Auditorium, Cleveland Clinic

Monday, November 12

12:00 pm– 1:00 pm


Master of Arts in Religious Studies applications

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