The Department of Religious Studies at Indiana University is a premier venue for re-imagining the academic study of religion.
We produce innovative, interdisciplinary research that pushes the boundaries of the field. Our faculty study error and love and book cultures, healing, wonder, and failure, empires, tourists and trees, mountains, magic, and protest—studying religion as a global phenomenon from antiquity through the contemporary world.
Internationally recognized faculty strengths include religions of Asia, religion in the Americas, the history of Christianity, Islamic studies, religions of the Ancient Mediterranean, modern Judaism, and ethics, law, and the environment.
Graduate students become original researchers poised to contribute to their own fields and confident teachers and colleagues prepared to cross disciplinary boundaries. They join a vibrant community of intellectual exchange, benefitting from the individualized curriculum and personal attention of a small program combined with the resources and interdisciplinary possibilities of a large university.
Undergraduate majors and minors become informed, thoughtful citizens of a pluralistic society. They are prepared to understand religion as a key player in culture and politics and to engage more critically and generously with the world around them. In our undergraduate courses, students think about religion and its connections with popular culture, global affairs, social issues, ethics, and philosophical questions. Religious Studies majors have found the critical thinking skills and global awareness they learned to be useful in careers and post-graduate programs in law, medicine, education, business, and non-profit organizations.
"The Buriat Lamas on the Interface Between Two Empires"
Wednesday, March 5, 5:30–6:30 pm
IMU Distinguished Alumni Room
Postcard from the field:
Listen to Prof. Constance Furey on WFHB Interchange
- Sept 27-29, 2013 - 75 scholars gathered at Indiana University to reflect on the impact the 1963 Schempp decision had on religious scholarship in America. Read participants reflections in our Schempp Blog.
- David Haberman Receives Guggenheim Fellowship
- Professor Aaron Stalnaker awarded 2013 Trustees Teaching Award
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"Mediating Religion: Modes of Communication in Religious Contexts"
IU Religious Studies Annual Graduate Symposium
April 18 - 19, 2014
Keynote speaker Dr. Lerone Martin
Research Fellow at Washington University’s Danforth Center on Religion and Politics
- The summer course catlogue is now available.
Come check it out!
- Congratulations to Kristin Francoeur who received a 2014 Mellon Innovating International Research, Teaching, and Collaboration award.
- Will Smith Named Advisor of the Year
- Sarah Dees wins teaching award
- Syifa Widigdo awarded International Institute of Islamic Thought Research Fellowship Award Help support continued excellence in our department