It fosters scholarly skills such as close reading (of texts, images, artifacts, and other social data), excellence in writing and verbal expression, interpretation of the past and present from multiple forms of evidence, and assessment of contemporary social issues. By exploring the public and private concerns that the study of religion highlights — for example, the creation of community, the nature of the individual, suffering and death, notions of good and evil — students discover new ways of engaging the complex world in which they live. As students examine religious activity in the Americas, South and East Asia, the Middle East and West Asia, Africa, and Europe, they not only learn about the formation and transmission of beliefs, behaviors, values, rituals, and identities but also come to understand how diverse peoples have expressed religious understandings of themselves and others through politics, institutions, conflicts, and spaces commonly recognized as secular.

Student Goals

Students in this concentration will:

  • Acquire foundational knowledge of several of the world’s religious traditions
  • Develop critical abilities in textual exegesis and close reading
  • Understand the intellectual, social-theoretical, and ethical issues relating to religious discourse
  • Design a course of study in consultation with a faculty member
  • Pursue original research

Department Undergraduate Group (DUG)

Student Leaders: Quinn Matos, Natalia Fares

Graduating Class

Class Year Total Students Capstones Completed Honors Graduates
2014 14  12 
2015 11  11 
2019 11 11 5


Director of Undergraduate Studies: Daniel Vaca