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 Department

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 non-profit leadership.

Department News

Ecodharma: Buddhist Teachings for the Ecological Crisis

David Loy will analyze social and ecological issues from the perspective of arts, religion, and ecology, Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, 7:30–9 p.m. Noyce Science Center, Room 1023.
Professor Harold Kasimov presenting plaque to Pope Francis

Professor Harold Kasimow Presents Plaque to Pope Francis

Plaque highlights Kasimow’s new book about the response of diverse religious thinkers to the pope’s call for more interreligious dialogue.
Karen Loftin

Yale Professor to Give Gates and Convocation Lectures

Kathryn Lofton will explore the convergence of pop culture and religion on Sept. 26-27, 2018.

Department Information

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