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.

Timothy Beal, international expert in religious studies, named Distinguished University Professor

Timothy Beal, the Florence Harkness Professor of Religion, will be honored as a Case Western Reserve University Distinguished University Professor during convocation on Aug. 25 for his preeminent research, leadership, and commitment to students. Beal is a “model humanist,” according to Joy K. Ward, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. As an international expert in Biblical literature, religion in America, critical theory, and religion in culture, Beal has 17 published monographs, 43 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and nine single-authored books.

African and African American Studies Welcome Back Virtual Reception, Wednesday, September 16, 2020 5:00-6:00pm

Cassi Pittman and Heather Burton, co-directors of the African and African American Studies program, will host the event. Guest speakers will include: Provost Ben Vinson III; Joy K. Ward, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of biology; and Robert Solomon, vice president of inclusion, diversity...

Ratner Family Lecture Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Ratner Family Lecture
Hosted by the Department of Religious Studies
Amanda Lucia: White Utopias: The Religious Exoticism of Transformational Festivals

Wednesday, March 4, 2020
4:30 p.m.
Tinkham Veale University Center, Ballroom C

Reception to Follow

Professor Sarma Speaking at the 40th annual Southwest Popular/American Culture Association in Albuquerque February 19-22

“A Long Strange Trip: The Use of a 12th Century Indian Sculpture in the cover art of the first album of the Grateful Dead,”

40th annual Southwest Popular/American Culture Association (SWPACA) conference, held February 19-22, 2020, Albuquerque, NM.


Master of Arts in Religious Studies applications

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