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.

Prayer in Hostage Square – a feature by Dr. Alanna Cooper

During a recent visit to Israel, Dr. Cooper had the privilege to meet Rabbi Anat Sharbat, whose spiritual work in Hostage Square inspired her to write the article, “Hostages Square in Tel Aviv is one of the most religiously diverse synagogues.” Amid war, grief, fear and pain, Rabbi Sharbat and others have found creative and uplifting ways to connect to each other and find some solace.

Jonathan Tan Annual Lecture – Southeast Asia

Each year, Professor Jonathan Tan presents a lecture in Professor Anurag Gupta’s course, “Managing in a Global Economy”. Professor Tan’s lecture this Saturday, April 13th 2024, will be on Southeast Asia: History, Geopolitics, Challenges and Opportunities,” as the class will be doing a study tour of Indonesia and Malaysia this summer.


Explore Event : “What is Asian American Studies” – A Conversation with Professor Jonathan Tan

A conversation with Professor Jonathan Tan on the discipline of Asian American Studies within Ethnic Studies at CWRU, as well as the place of Asian Americans in contemporary discourse of politics, society, race, and culture in the United States.

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

4:00pm – 6:00pm

Clark Hall, Room 206

“Rejecting the Pill: A History of the Science of Natural Family Planning” presented by Katherin Dugan, PhD

In this lecture, Katherine Dugan will examine the history of the science of Natural Family Planning–starting with the “rhythm” method of the 1920s through the app-based methods of the 2020s. This lecture interweaves medical history with Catholic history in order to tell the story of how what is now known as NFP came to be practiced. In addition to tracing the history of these methods, the lecture also details some of the biographical history of the medical doctors and scientists committed to this work.

Thursday, April 18th, 2024 4:30-5:30 pm (In person or live stream)

The event is free, registration is required for those who want to attend in person

Click here to register

The event will be held at:

Allen Memorial Public Library, 110 Euclid Ave. Zverina Room, 3rd floor

Live stream details will be available here


Reisacher Summer Fellowship applications

Applications for the Reisacher Summer Fellowship are due April 1st, 2024. Complete and submit this cover sheet and the additional requirements to

Winners will be notified by May 1, 2024.

Alumni Spotlight – Liz Hanna

Introducing the Religious Studies Alumni Spotlight, where we celebrate the diverse successes and outstanding talent that define our alumni community.

This edition focuses on Liz Hanna, a 2020 CWRU alumna and Religious Studies minor, who has navigated her post-graduate journey with exceptional accomplishments.