A $5 million alumni gift will help to support doctoral students in humanities fields within the College of Arts & Sciences.Read More
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.
Wynton Marsalis visited campus Nov. 1-6 as an A.D. White Professor-at-Large.Read More
The Nexus Scholars program will leverage the student-to-faculty ratio and the vibrant research enterprise in A&S to expand opportunities for students, while also enhancing the culture of collaborative scholarship at Cornell.Read More
View all coursesThe History of Religious Life in Imperial China(RELST/HIST 2208, ASIAN 2251) MW 2:45-4, 4 creditsIn this course we will learn about the rich varieties of religious life in imperial China, focusing on major historical transformations between the tenth and sixteenth centuries. We will investigate the organization of pantheons and...Read More
The Cornell Jewish Studies Program is accepting proposals for a new course development grant. Cornell faculty interested in developing a new course to be cross-listed with Jewish studies in 2022-23 are invited to apply. Jewish studies particularly encourages proposals for innovative courses in disciplines, fields, regions, or topics not already...Read More
Declare 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.
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.