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. <<- hide

Activities and Accolades

  • Constance Furey and Lisa Sideris are teaching classes at this year's Mini University!
  • Constance Furey's book Poetic Relations: Intimacy and Faith in the English Reformation has been chosen as an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice, the review magazine from the ALA
  • In the latest Commonweal Winni Sullivan discusses a new book of Justice Antonin Scalia’s speeches, posthumously collected by his son and a former clerk.
  • Cooper Harriss will teach in the Institute for Foreign Literature Studies at Beijing Normal University this June.
  • Candy Brown presents the Presidential Address for the American Society of Church History, 2018
  • The Department of Religious Studies is thrilled to welcome Professor J. Kameron Carter, who will join the faculty in Fall of 2018 and will begin teaching in 2019.
  • The world of religious scholars is mourning the passing of James H. Cone
  • Sonia Velazquez has been selected to receive the 2018 Latino Faculty and Staff Council Faculty Award
  • Missed Sarah Pike's lecture on March 20? The video of it is now available!
  • Alum Hannah Murray visited the department to talk about her experience with Teach for America.
  • Kevin Jaques is in the Inside IU news for his beautiful turned wooden bowls.
  • Read Cooper Harriss' contribution to "Is This All There" Is on The Immanent Frame "The shapeless things to come"
  • Constance Furey has two new pieces in the The Immanent Frame Where I’m going, and Devout death
  • The Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics, and Society(CSRES)
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Students & Alumni

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  • Joseph Bartzel has been named one of 21 Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellows for 2018 by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.
  • Alum Samuel Stubblefield, has been awarded a Theta Alpha Kappa Graduate Fellowship Award, one of three offered nationally to religious studies honors society members. Way to go!
  • Congratulations to our 2018 Religious Studies Graduates
    *Sarah Biggs
    *Sydney Holt
    *Jeremiah Navarre
    *Katheryn Ramsey
    *Alexander Sajkich
    *Eleanor Schwartz
    *Markie Soposky
  • Graduates
    *Nick Boyd
    *Abby Kulis
    *Maggie Slaughter
    *Ossama Abdel Gawwad
    *Ashlee Andrews
    *Travis Cooper
    *Andrew Monteith
  • Maggie Slaughter reports on her recent trip to Ireland "Queer Ireland is Here, Catholic, and Standing its Ground"
  • Check out the latest issue of Invocations, the IU Undergraduate Religious Studies Journal.
  • The department is proud to announce Farzana Sabaah Memon has been elected to Phi Beta Kappa!
  • Check out the latest Religious Studies blog with our woman in Europe, Kiersten Mann
  • Submissions being accepted for the Undergraduate journal Invocations
    All are welcome
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