Caleb Elfenbein, Assistant Professor of History and Religious Studies meets with a small group of students in the Iowa Room in the basement of Burling Library

Religious Studies

Religious Studies helps you develop tools to understand the complex ways that people across history and around the world oppose oppression, justify violence, understand their bodies, and give meaning to their lives. Our curriculum is among the most international on campus and many majors study abroad, bringing their experiences to capstone seminars and mentored research projects. We prepare you for a diverse world and a variety of professional paths including law, medicine, and nonprofit leadership.

Department News

Tim Dobe teaching a religious studies course

Because They’ve Been in Your Shoes

Faculty are not only mentors and advisers — they’re role models for how to navigate classes, careers, and life.

Visiting Scholar to Discuss New Directions in Recovering Women’s Voices in Jewish Antiquity

Alexander Marcus will cover new trends in talk at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, in Humanities and Social Studies Center, Room N3118.
photo of Michael Puett

Gates Lecturer: Michael Puett, Harvard University

Gates Lecturer: Michael Puett, Harvard University Michael Puett will present two lectures (1) "Ritual, Sincerity, and Human Flourishing: What Chinese Philosophers can Teach Us About the Good Life" in JRC 101, at 7:30 p.m. on Wed, Jan. 29, 2020. (2) “Creating Worlds: Imagination and Interpretation in Classical China” in JRC 101, at 11:00 am – 12:00 p.m on Thu, Jan. 30, 2020.

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