Religious Studies

About the Department of Religious Studies

The Department of Religious Studies (REL) offers students an opportunity to explore and understand the religious traditions of the world, as well as to study expressions of religious life and thought that may not fall within traditional patterns. The program teaches a variety of approaches to the academic study of religion and religion's intersections with other aspects of human society and culture. The department provides a major and minor and serves the academic interests of nonmajors who want introductory courses in religious studies or advanced courses coordinated with their special interests.