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

RELI 151 - Spring 2018

Deep Ecology

RELI 149 - Summer II 2018

Islam in America

RELI 188 - Fall 2018

Apocalyptic America

May 17, 2018

Race as Infrastructure in Colonial Mexico

May 29, 2018

Muscular Christianity as Powerlifting and Feats of Strength in Modern Day United States

May 31, 2018

Kafka's Judaism

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?