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Exploring religious traditions in all of their complexity

Religious Studies Program

We explore religious traditions in all of their complexity through comparative, contextual and thematic studies. Our courses are built on the established scholarly tradition of the study of religion as an academic, as opposed to a confessional, pursuit.

Religious Studies Major: Benjamin Velani '22 


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Declare a major in religious studies

Interested in a specific religious tradition? Want to learn more about religious rituals throughout history and in the contemporary world? Consider a minor or a major in religious studies!

Graduate with honors in religious studies

The honors program is open to religious studies majors who have done superior work and who wish to devote a substantial part of their senior year to advanced, specialized, independent research and writing of a thesis.

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Take a class

Start with "Religion and Ecological Sustainability" (RELST 2273) or "Sensational Religion" (RELST 2276) or take one of the many other survey courses or seminars we offer.

Apply for a summer Fellowship

Given in honor of Gelek Rimpoche the Weiner Family Summer Fellowship supports funding for summer experiential learning and research for an undergraduate student studying Buddhist practice.

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Your support enables the program to enhance the experience for undergraduate students. Gifts can help fund lectures and conferences, student research, distinguished speakers, and other program priorities. We will greatly appreciate and immediately put into use any gift, no matter the amount.

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