Religion has had and continues to have a profound impact on the lives of individuals and communities across the globe.
The academic study of religion provides students with a powerful lens for examining the values, ideals, practices, and power structures of particular societies. In addition, knowledge of the histories of different religions is vital for the understanding of past and current conflicts, as well as of religious activism concerning human rights, environmental conservation, and an end to global poverty.
What topics will I study?
You will examine an extraordinary
wide range of human phenomena:
from art and architecture to
myths and magic; from the
Bible to the Buddha; from
religious traditionalism to global
What methods will I use?
The comparative and cross-cultural
study of religion employs methods
from a variety of disciplines,
including history, classics,
anthropology, sociology, media studies, cultural studies, and
What can I do with a
Religious Studies major?