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  • Welcome to Religious Studies

    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.

  • Welcome to Religious Studies

    Religious Studies is an essential part of a global liberal arts education.

  • Welcome to Religious Studies

    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.

  • Welcome to Religious Studies

    The Program draws on courses offered by many academic departments in the University and other colleges within the Five-College system.

  • Why Religious Studies?

    A grounded understanding of religious thought and practice is crucial to work in the fields of history, anthropology, political science, communications, and many other fields of work and study that involve community relationships.

  • Spring 2021 Featured Course

    Religion and State (Judaic 363)

    Professor Susan Shapiro

    Tuesday/Thursday 2:30-3:45 pm (fully remote)

     

    Click here to find out more about the course.

News

In Memoriam: Lynne Rudder Baker (1944-2017)

January 11, 2018

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Lynne Rudder Baker, Distinguished Professor Emerita in Philosophy.

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About the Program

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.