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.
Religious Studies explores religious thought and practice in various historical, political, cultural, and social contexts in order to understand and interpret societies and cultures throughout the world.
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: Lucy Berman, Abraham Westbrook, Christine Collins
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Alumni have pursued a range of careers, including in management consulting, law, communications and journalism, instructional design, education, social work, and on university faculties.
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