The beginnings of a new century have made all too clear the relevance of understanding the function of religious ideas and practices. To understand the world in our present – but also in the past and in the future – you must understand religion. To aid in the tasks of knowing and evaluating the role of human participants in religious activities, our Religious Studies program stresses the role of religion in culture: how humans have generated various religious practices, products, and remains.

At the cutting edge of the latest developments in the academic study of religion, our faculty, students, and learning opportunities in this program reflect the best in critical approaches to the perennial problems of society as they relate to religions.