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.

Activities and Accolades

Students & Alumni


  • Upcoming URSA events
    Lunch with Stephen Selka
    SY 224 (Religious Studies Library)
    12-1pm on Wednesday, April 23rd

    Movie Night with Shaul Magid
    Location TBD
    7-9pm on Thursday, April 24th

    Lisa Sideris meets with URSA for a lively discussion entitled "From Myth to Myth: The Transition From Religion to Science." Read more>
    Sideris meets with URSA
  • Congratulations to Kristin Francoeur who received a 2014 Mellon Innovating International Research, Teaching, and Collaboration award.
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