The Religion faculty of the Philosophy and Religion department provide expertise in all the major religious traditions of the world, and represent a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of religion. Students can learn the fine points of interpreting Hebrew Bible or understanding Buddhist philosophy; they can study the impact of religion on world politics or the role of women in Christian history.
The major is designed to give students a grounding in many different aspects of the study of religion, while allowing them to choose electives in the areas that interest them most. The minor gives students an opportunity to explore the field of religious studies and share a concluding seminar with others majoring or minoring in Religion. All students are encouraged to investigate the religious cultures of peoples around the world and to experiment with different methods of interpreting religious texts and cultures. Narrative, ritual, ethics, poetry, philosophy, and theology are all included in the Religion program.