Religious Studies at Cornell

By: Ayla K. Cline, 
October 10, 2017

Welcome to the Religious Studies Program, where religious traditions are explored in all of their complexity through comparative, contextual, and thematic studies.

The courses offered through our program are built on the established scholarly tradition of the study of religion as an academic pursuit and an intellectual commitment to exploring the intersections between religion and politics, society, culture, literature, and history. We offer a major in religious studies through the College of Arts & Sciences, and minor for students from across the University.

Now, perhaps more than ever, the study of religion is an essential part of a liberal arts education. The Religious Studies major challenges students to consider the importance of religious thought and practice on local communities and the global stage.

The student who majors in Religious Studies has ample opportunity to think critically and communicate clearly and, as a result, is well prepared to enter a variety of professions. Religious Studies alumni have historically followed a wide range of career paths including law, medicine, business, social work, academia and the arts.

For those 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, we have an honors program. Our faculty's research interests are varied, including study of Buddhism in South and Southeast Asia, Classical archaeology, Islamic studies, the tradition of North Indian poet-saints, and early and late ancient Christianity.

For more information about the program, contact Director Kim Haines-Eitzen.


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