Nearly 1,700 years ago, Christian monks trekked into the deserts near Israel and Egypt in search of a quiet spot for contemplation. In a new book, Kim Haines-Eitzen explores the rich range of desert sounds and what they can teach us about place, the past, solitude and community.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.
Benjamin Velani is a Religious Studies and Government major.Read More
Fifty undergrads in the College of Arts & Sciences will take part in paid research projects in Ithaca this summer with faculty from throughout the College.Read More
On Cornell’s eighth Giving Day, held March 16, 15,905 alumni, students, faculty, staff, parents and friends from more than 80 countries made gifts totaling a record-breaking $12,268,629.Read More
Call for applications: 2021-22 Joseph E. Connolly ’72 Memorial Prizes for undergraduate essays on religion and politics/society
Undergraduate students interested in the intersection of religion and politics or society can now apply for a new prize, to be given out next spring.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.
Get program updates
We send regular e-newsletters during the academic school year.
Support religious studies at Cornell
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. Please consider a donation to the program Current Use Gift Fund.