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. Jonathan Tan Awarded a Sabbatical Grant for Researchers from the Louisville Institute

Dr. Jonathan Tan, the Archbishop Paul J. Hallinan Professor of Catholic Studies has been awarded the Louisville Institute’s prestigious Sabbatical Grant for Researchers (SGR) award to support his project titled “Beyond Model Minority, Privilege, and Power: Rethinking and Transforming Asian American Theologies.”

Dr. Alanna Cooper Awarded a Fellowship from the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Alanna Cooper has been awarded a fellowship from the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Justine Howe will Give a Lecture at the Institute for the Study of Islam in Africa at Northwestern University on February 12, 2020

“Suburban Islam: Religious and National Belonging in Chicago’s Exurbs.”

Institute for the Study of Islamic Thought in Africa at Northwestern University

Wednesday, February 12 , 2020

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

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Read Dr. Brian Clites’ Media Mention in The Daily

Professor seeks to break academic silence on clerical sex abuse
CruxBrian Clites, instructor of religious studies in the College of Arts and Sciences, commented on the origins of clerical sex abuse in the United States and academic efforts to bolster research on survivor experiences.

Master of Arts in Religious Studies applications

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