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
- In possibly the coolest website at IU, our own Cooper Harris makes an appearance
- Professor Winnifred Sullivan is awarded the AAR Martin E. Marty Award for the Public Understanding of Religion
- Professors Constance Furey, Shaul Magid, and Winnifred Sullivan take a look at Theologies of American exceptionalism in The Immanent Frame
- Professor Lisa Sideris wins prestigious grant for" "Being Human in the Age of Humans: Perspectives From Religion and Ethics"
- Professor Winnifred Sullivan considers Trump and the Johnson Amendment
- Professor Emeritus Stephen Stein comments on the death of one of the last Shakers in the NYT
- Professor Sarah Imhoff wins Wasserman Prize Honorable Mention
- Professor Shaul Magid on the future of Judaism in America on Judaism Unbound Podcast
- Professor Sonia Velazquez studies stories of beauty to celebrate the humanities
- Professor Constance Furey's article in the Immanent Frame, "Calvin’s questions: A response to Jonathan Sheehan"
The Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics, and Society(CSRES)
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- Help support continued excellence in our department
- Religious Studies Graduation Ceremony
May 6, 1:00-3:00pm
Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center
- Maggie Slaughter will hold the Allen Whitehill Clowes Foundation Internship at The Mathers Museum of World Cultures this year
- Congratulations to our 2017 student essay award winners!
First place - Josie Wenig
Second place - Samuel Stubblefield
Third place - Celia Daniels
- Graduate Essay Prize
- The 2017 Graduate Student Conference was a great success! find out more at #PresenceAbsenceConf
- Sarah Kissel has been awarded a Kate Hevner Mueller Outstanding Senior Award
- Our 2017 Stein Fellowship winners
- Congratulations to Sarah Kissel for winning this year's Honor Thesis Prospectus Prize!
- Congratulations to David Maldonado on his appointment as Assistant Professor at Kenyon College!
- Andrew Monteith & alum Will Smith are in the current issue of JAAR (Journal of the American Academy of Religion)
- PhD student Nicolò Sassi is published in Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies
Submissions being accepted for the new Undergraduate journal Invocations
All are welcome
Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Theology
Cooper Harriss, NYU Press, 2017
Masculinity and the Making of American Judaism
Sarah Imhoff, Indiana University Press, 2017
Constance Furey, University of Chicago Press, 2017
edited by Candy Gunther Brown and Mark Silk, Columbia University Press, 2016