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Our faculty is composed of 3 core members from the Department of Literature and approximately 45 affiliated members from 9 departments.

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Academic Programs


The major in the study of religion is designed to be completed in 2 years. Its interdisciplinary courselist spans 11 departments and allows students to pursue their own research interests. The program emphasizes critical thinking and cross-cultural understanding.

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The minor in the study of religion can be completed in 1-2 years. It is ideal for students who are just beginning their exploration of religion as a persistent phenomenon in human history. Students do not have to be religious or irreligious to study religion.

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Featured Courses

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RELI 188 - Spring 2019

Cults in America

RELI 157GS - Summer II 2019

Japanese Religions

RELI 158GS - Summer II 2019

Japanese Literature & Spirituality


January 22, 2019

Puritanism and America

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March 5, 2019

Disability and the Missing Body of the Aesthetic

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March 8, 2019

Technoscience Symposium

Past Lectures on YouTube

November 2, 2017

Climate Change and Religion

November 7, 2017

The Ethnopoetics of Shamanism

November 16, 2017

Shakespeare and Religion

Religion on the Web

Jacques Arago "Supplice Sandwich"

Did Human Sacrifice Help Complex Societies?

The Rise of "No Religion"

Why Are There No New Major Religions?