Welcome to the Religion Department

  • Leighton Hall

    Our Home in Leighton Hall

    We are located on the third floor - stop in and visit!
  • Religion majors at annual Religion picnic May 2018.

    Spring Picnic

    Religion majors at the department’s annual picnic
  • Assoc. Professor Asuka Sango is a wiffle ball master at the Religion picnic (May 2018)

    Asuka Sango

    Professor Asuka Sango is a wiffle ball master at the annual Religion picnic.
  • Associate Professor of Religion Kristin Bloomer at May book forum

    Kristin Bloomer

    Professor Kristin Bloomer answers questions about her new book "Possessed by the Virgin: Hinduism, Roman Catholicism, & Marian Possession in South India."
  • Religion majors attending Reunion 2016

    Religion Majors at Reunion

    Religion majors attending Reunion 2016 (L–R): Terra Peterson '11, Francesca Chubb-Confer '11, Marlene Edelstein '11, Professor Lori Pearson, and Micah Lemons '06.
  • Pilgrims at Mt. Osore ("Mount Fear")

    Pilgrims at Mt. Osore ("Mount Fear")

    Japan’s 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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