A picture of the Memorial Union Terrace with a Yellow Post-it note reading "How are you studying Religion this summer?"
Work ahead or get caught up this summer with Relig. St. 234 in black text on a white background. To the right is a course promotion image showing different types of genres of religious writing.

What is Religious Studies?

The Religious Studies Program is the center of the academic study of religion at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Our research and teaching use critical methods from the humanities and social sciences to approach religion as a transhistorical and global phenomenon which exists within and beyond religious traditions. Our questions are those that get to the core of what matters, and how it comes to matter, to human lives.

We offer a BA, a BS, and a Certificate in Religious Studies, along with a PhD minor.