College of Letters & Science

RS does not currently have a Program Administrator to answer the RS email or phone. Students, faculty, and staff with questions about RS courses or the program are welcome to contact Dr. Corrie Norman via email. At this time, we are unable to post announcements for events. We are unable to process senior auditor requests for Fall 2018.

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We're located in the Bradley Memorial Building, 1225 Linden Drive

 

About the Religious Studies Program

Religious studies is an academic discipline that looks at religious phenomena worldwide from a variety of angles in order to achieve an understanding of the many roles that religion plays in human life.

Students of religion use different methods for different goals. These include historical methods to understand how religions change in time; critical literary methods to understand religious ideas; aesthetic methods to understand religious art; social-scientific methods to understand the relationship between religion and society and culture. Some ways of studying religion emphasize understanding religions on their own terms, other ways use comparative methods to discern differences and similarities between religions. Above all, the field of religious studies assumes a willingness to learn different ways of thinking and interpreting human life.

The Religious Studies Program offers a BA, a BS, and a Certificate in Religious Studies, along with a PhD minor.

Learn more about our undergraduate and graduate programs.

News

Affiliate Professor Mark L. Louden Named Alfred L. Shoemaker, J. William Frey, and Don Yoder Professor of Germanic Linguistics

We would like to extend our congratulations to RS affiliate professor Mark L. Louden, recently named the Alfred L. Shoemaker, J. William Frey, and Don Yoder Professor of Germanic Linguistics.

Prof. Louden teaches the only religious studies course on the Amish in the United States. We will be offering this course in Fall 2018. Stay tuned!