The Department of Religious Studies is committed to fostering greater understanding of the roles of religion in the contemporary world and throughout history. Its approach is interdisciplinary, employing methods drawn from across the humanities and social sciences to examine the world’s religious traditions as social, cultural, and historical phenomena. Students and faculty alike benefit from a lively environment that encourages close interaction. In addition to exploring the development, practices, and beliefs of different religions, courses emphasize analytical skills, critical reflection, persuasive argumentation, and strong writing. Students graduate from this academically rigorous program with a global perspective, sensitivity to cultural diversity, and a strong liberal arts background, assets that serve as a solid foundation for future endeavors. They pursue careers in a variety of fields, such as law, education, social services, medicine, ministry, and business.