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
James S. Ackerman Distinguished Alumni Lecture
- March 20, 5:30pm
"Holy War for the Wild: Environmental Protests as Rites of Sacrifice and Mourning"
Sarah M. Pike
Hoagy Carmichael Room, Morrison Hall
- Get tickets now for Lisa Sideris' upcoming talk with Clive Hamilton for the Lannan Foundation in Santa Fe. Wednesday, 2 May, 2018
- 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"
- CFP Granfalloon: A Kurt Vonnegut Gathering, celebrating the life and work of Kurt Vonnegut
- Winnifred Sullivan is awarded the 2017 Martin E. Marty Award for the Public Understanding of Religion.
- 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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- Help support continued excellence in our department
- March 21, 5:30 Ballantine 003
Come join us for a conversation "What can I do with a Religious Studies degree?" An evening for undergrads with an alumni panel."
- MARCH 23-24, 2018
Undergraduate Religious Studies Association Spring Symposium
- 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
- Congratulations to our wonderful graduate students on another successful conference!
- Congratulations to alum Sarah Dees (Phd '15) who has been accepted to the Young Scholars in American Religion Program
- Grad students Jacob Boss and Andrew Monteith are featured for their summer research fellowships with Politics of Religion at Home and Abroad
Submissions being accepted for the Undergraduate journal Invocations
All are welcome
Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Theology
Cooper Harriss, NYU Press, 2017
Lisa Sideris, University of California Press, 2017
Ekklesia: Three Inquiries in Church and State
Winnifred Sullivan, University of Chicago Press, 2018
Masculinity and the Making of American Judaism
Sarah Imhoff, Indiana University Press, 2017