Getting Involved

Getting involved and research opportunities

There are several ways to expand your education in religious studies beyond the classroom


The department now benefits from a Religious Studies Undergraduate Advisory Council that plans

fun or interesting events for students, and it is a great way to connect to others who share your interest

in the study of religion. If you wish to get involved, contact the undergraduate chair.


In addition, there are ways for motivated students to undertake independent research. 


The University of Pennsylvania encourages undergraduate students to do original research. Over forty professors teach courses in Religious Studies and most of them are involved in active research projects. Some of them regularly need students with appropriate interests and skills. The University’s Center for Undergraduate Research & Fellowships (CURF) helps Penn undergraduates pursue independent research, including competitive research grants. See CURF’s Research web page and Research Directory to look for opportunities that interest you or consult with the department's undergrad chair.


The department also strongly encourages study abroad as there is no better way to explore the various religious cultures of the world. For information about Penn's study abroad offerings, see the website of Penn Abroad :