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

Students & Alumni

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  • Mary Jo Weaver Undergraduate Scholarship
    Applications due:
    5pm Friday, October 14
  • October 17, 6pm
    URSA meeting
    Sycamore Hall 137
  • October 17, 7pm
    IU Ethics Bowl discussion
    IMU Dogwood Room
    "What values shoud guide American working life?"
  • October 24, 6pm
    URSA and GRSA video screening and discussion
    Sycamore Hall 137
  • Congratulations to Christina Libby on her successful defense of her dissertation "Mystic Assemblages and the Translation of Affect"
  • Graduate student Rowena Galavitz has a blog covering Renaissance Perspectives. Check it out!
  • Recent grad Annie Brackemyre reflects on her time studying HIV/AIDS in Uganda
  • Undergrad John Holt seranades at Student Recognition Day
  • Congratulations to Abby Kulisz, who won Outstanding Graduate Student Essay Prize at NAPS, for her paper "Identity and Ambiguity in Christian-Muslim Exchanges on the Trinity."
  • Congratulations to our very own Daniel Marsh for being elected to Phi Beta Kappa this year!
  • Submissions being accepted for the new Undergraduate journal Invocations
    All are welcome
  • The Department of Religious Studies turns 50!
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