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Religious Studies

Religious Studies

Explore the role that religion plays in shaping our world through religious studies. Delve into the rich traditions of different faiths and how they intersect with culture, politics and social issues. Through our comprehensive and interdisciplinary program, you will develop critical thinking skills and gain insights into diverse cultures, preparing you for a career in fields such as ministry, law, non-profit work, education, social justice advocacy and more.

Leslie James

I am always excited when a student articulates an idea that shifts the geography of our consciousness. -Leslie James

Areas of Study

Graduate Programs

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Graduate schools students have attended:

  • Emory University

  • Harvard University

  • Johns Hopkins University

  • Indiana University

  • New York University

  • University of California

  • Vanderbilt University

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  • Jason D. Fuller, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania. Research interests: modern Hinduism, the Hare Krishna movement and cults.
  • Justin M. Glessner, Ph.D., University of British Columbia. Research interests: biblical studies, gender and sexuality, and ecology.
  • Leslie R. James, Ph.D., St. Louis University. Research interests: Black Atlantic religions and Christianity.
  • Jeffrey T. Kenney, Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara. Research interests: religion and politics in the Muslim world; ways religion interacts with secularization; radical religious groups in the Middle East; and the Islamic State.
  • Sujung Kim, Ph.D., Columbia University. Research interests: esoteric Buddhism in medieval Japan; interactions between Japanese and Korean Buddhism; and Buddhist mythology.