Why Study Here?

The SMU Department of Religious Studies nurtures student perspective on the world and its diverse cultures.

The field of Religious Studies offers students opportunities to delve into the range of ways in which religion interacts with other aspects of culture around the globe. Challenging courses employ one or more of the following methodological approaches: philosophical, historical, social scientific, and literary. The requirements of both the major and minor are flexible, allowing students to tailor their programs of study to their own needs and interests.

Department Features

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Watch a video of Department Chair Johan Elverskog give the keynote speech at the Mongolian Buddhism Symposium.

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Lecture Series

Features distinguished scholars in all areas of Jewish studies, including history, religion, philosophy, literature, art, and interfaith relations.

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Individual attention

Students and faculty alike benefit from a lively environment that encourages close interaction.

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