Religious Studies

“If we are to respect each other’s religions as we would have them respect our own, a friendly study of the world’s religions is a sacred duty.” -- Gandhi (1962)

In the Department of Religious Studies, we consider religion to be a complex, abiding and central feature of all human societies. We believe that if one is to understand a society, it is vital to study its religious writings, practices and beliefs.

Religious Studies courses do not assume any religious commitment. Rather, the courses increase students' understanding of religious traditions, teach them to read critically, and think and write clearly.

We offer a major and a minor in Religious Studies. We are also a major component of the interdisciplinary Judaic Studies minor.