Welcome to the Religion Department

  • Leighton Hall

    Our Home in Leighton Hall

    We are located on the third floor - stop in and visit!
  • Religion seniors S2014

    Religion Seniors Spring 2014

    Pictured at the Religion Department Picnic are 9 of the 15 seniors (L-R): Sara Klugman, Guthrie Cunningham, Isaama Stoll, Matthew Fitzgerald, Marcus Rider, Jillian Mattern, Kassie Maxeiner, Meg Holladay, and Kayla Jackson.
  • Fire Festival - close up image

    Fire Festival (himatsuri) in Nachi, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan

    RELG 152: Religion in Japanese Culture
  • Pilgrims at Mt. Osore ("Mount Fear")

    Pilgrims at Mt. Osore ("Mount Fear")

    in Aoyama Prefecture, Japan. Mt. Osore is believed to mark the entrance to hell. Their pilgrimage is to commemorate and communicate with the dead.

The study of religion, in the context of a liberal arts education, draws upon multiple disciplines in the humanities and the social sciences.

We examine the existential, intellectual, and social problems to which religions respond, and probe the dynamic and often ambiguous relationship between religious beliefs and practices and the social order in which they are embedded.  Throughout the curriculum, religion is approached as a significant and pervasive expression of human culture, both past and present.

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