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.

From Cambodia to Cleveland: A Discussion of Global Hindu Traditions

Tuesday, January 25, 2022
4:30 PM
Tinkham Veale University Center, Ballroom C

AI, Tech, and the End of the Anthropocene: A Virtual Conversation, Wednesday, November 17, 2021 – 9:00-10:00 a.m. (MST)

Human impact on the environment may be reaching a tipping point. The extractive nature of artificial intelligence (extraction of natural resources, of personal data, and of global labor) may be accelerating the crisis. What values might help us reframe our relationship to the environment and to technology in this new phase of human life? Join Kate Crawford, one of the world’s leading figures in AI and ethics, and Tim Beal, a technologically savvy scholar of religious values, in a conversation moderated by Philip Butler, an expert in AI and Black posthumanism.
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Dr. Wanda Pillow- Troubling Intimacies: Sacajawea & York as National Subjects, October 27, 2021

Troubling Intimacies focuses on the unique subjects of Sacajawea and York, an Indigenous woman and a Black man, indentured and enslaved participants in the 1804-1806 Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery expedition. The Corps expedition is revered as an iconic example of American identity. Yet the presence of Sacajawea and York have been problematic for how the expedition is narrated, understood, taught, and marketed. Is the Corps a site of remorse or celebration? What happens when we retrace the expedition alongside complex relations of gender, slavery and conquest?  And how do we do intersectional scholarship that is intersectional?

Sponsored by the Women’s and Gender Studies Program

October 27, 2021 at 4:30 PM

Clark Hall Room 206
11130 Bellflower Road

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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.


Master of Arts in Religious Studies applications

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