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Religion, in its manifold forms, has been a significant area of human activity throughout history, and it remains a potent force and formative influence in modern politics, society, and culture. Its study is an essential part of a global liberal arts education. The Religious Studies Certificate Program offers undergraduates a framework within which to pursue the comparative and interdisciplinary study of religious phenomena in human societies across different cultures, places, and times. The Program draws on courses offered by many academic departments in the University and other colleges within the Five-College system.



Read about requirements for earning a certificate in the Religious Studies Certificate Program.

Religious Studies Certificate Program Requirements

In Memoriam: Lynne Rudder Baker (1944-2017)


It is with great sadness that we report the death of Lynne Rudder Baker, Distinguished Professor Emerita in Philosophy. Lynne received her Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University in 1972.  She began teaching at Mary Baldwin College immediately thereafter, and she held an Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh during the 1974-75 academic year.  In 1976 she moved to Middlebury College, and then, in 1989, she arrived here at UMass as Professor of Philosophy, achieving the rank of Distinguished Professor in 2005.


Lynne Baker

Professor Lynne Baker is Professor Emerita at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her research focuses on metaphysics, philosophy of mind and philosophical theology. On her recent trip to Iran, she reflected on the range of religious phenomena and cultural diversity she encountered as well as the various interactions she experienced there, all of which helped shape her response to and thoughts on her time in Iran. Read her reflections here!