About Us

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

RELS PhD Application Information Session

Anthea Butler (RELS Department Chair), Jolyon Thomas (RELS Graduate Chair)
Oct 9, 2023 at - | Zoom

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…

Candace Lukasik, "Martyrs and Migrants: Coptic Christians and the Transnational Politics of Persecution"

Religious Studies – SNF Paideia Special Lecture
Candace Lukasik (Mississippi State University)
Oct 10, 2023 at - | Cohen Hall 402

Shuttling back and forth across sites of transnational migration between Egypt and the United States, this talk examines how American religious imaginaries of global Christian persecution have remapped Coptic…

Bringing Insight from Allied Disciplines into the Religious Studies Classroom

CTL Teaching Workshop
Jolyon Thomas (University of Pennsylvania)
Oct 19, 2023 at - | Cohen 204

The wide range of both research methodology and subject matter in Religious Studies means that it is an inherently interdisciplinary field. Consequently, nearly all scholars in Religious Studies will have a foot in…