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.

Read Dr. Clites’ article about the 2018 Pennsylvania grand jury report on sexual abuse in the Catholic church, or listen to his follow-up radio interview

Brian Clites, Instructor of Religious Studies, wrote about the 2018 Pennsylvania grand jury report on sexual abuse in the Catholic church. Although the report did not produce many tangible reforms, Clites has learned through his research that the grand jury succeeded in shifting public perceptions of survivors of clergy abuse. You can read his article in The Conversation, or listen to his 15-minute radio interview on The Attitude with Arnie Arneson. (Dr. Clites’ segment begins about 11 minutes into the 1-hour show.)

Dr. Sarma will Give a Bioethics Works in Progress Lecture on September 18, 2019

Title: Gestational Surrogacy and Hindu Bioethics: The Karma of Genetics and the Genetics of Karma

Time: Wednesday, September 18 from 12:00-1:00

Location: Bioethics Conference Room


Master of Arts in Religious Studies applications

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