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

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  • Congratualtions to our fall graduates
    *Jordan Fredericks
    *Brian Maxwell
    *William O’Herren
    *Rafal Swiatkowski
  • PhD candidate Andrew Monteith awarded Devonia and Steve Stein fellowship for the Study of American Religions
  • Hannah Murray awarded a $500 Mary Jo Weaver Undergraduate Scholarship.
  • Indiana University Team wins Regional Ethics Bowl
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    With Religious Studies major Rafal Swiatkowski and graduate student Joe Bartzel
  • Alumn Nancy Hiller shares her story.
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  • Ph. D. Candidate Travis Cooper's Essay "Serpents, Novelty, and Academic Fetish" was just published in the Bulletin for the Study of Religion
  • Ashlee Andrews and Kristin Francoeur awarded travel grantsCongratulations to Kristin Francoeur who received a 2014 Mellon Innovating International Research, Teaching, and Collaboration award.
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