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With particular strengths in the study of Christianity, Judaism, American religions, Islam, secularism, Buddhism, and other Asian religions, the Department of Religious Studies emphasizes descriptive, historical, and theoretical approaches to the study of religion.

Upcoming Events



Religious Studies Meet-and-Greet: "Seeking Meaning during Challenging Times"

Sep 29, 2022 at - | Cohen Hall Second Floor Lounge

Come enjoy food and conversation with other Penn students and faculty who share an interest in the study of religion as we talk openly about the search for meaning during an era of Covid, climate change and political…



Information Session for PhD Program Applicants

Anthea Butler (Chair) and Jolyon Thomas (Graduate Chair)
Oct 10, 2022 at - | Zoom Webinar

The Graduate Group in Religious Studies will hold a Zoom webinar for students who are interested in applying to the PhD program. Topics to be covered include basic eligibility requirements, English language…



Religious Studies Colloquium: "Enchanted Geography: India in the West African Popular Imagination"

David Amponsah (Africana Studies, Penn)
Oct 13, 2022 at - | 204 Cohen Hall

From Indian-owned homes and marketplaces in West Africa to temples and World War II military camps in India, the West African engagement with Hindus and their religious objects, images, and magical texts, combined to…