Academic Advising

• Our academic advisor is located in Sycamore Hall 332.
• Students can arrange for special meetings with the Director of Undergraduate Studies.
Students are also encouraged to develop mentoring relationships with faculty members.

Advising Staff

Photo of Michael Ing Michael Ing Director, Undergraduate Studies

Sycamore Hall 203

Photo of Aaron Ellis Aaron Ellis
Academic Advisor
Sycamore Hall 325

Subscribe to the Undergraduate e-mail list

If you would like to be added to the Religious Studies list serve in order to hear about upcoming events, departmental news, and other related items, please email the office, and we will be happy to add you to the list.

Undergraduate Religious Studies Association (URSA)

This organization provides students with opportunities to socialize, plan events, and serve the community with other students and faculty interested in religious studies.

Religious Studies Library

Photo of the Religious Studies library

Located in Sycamore Hall 224, this departmental resource features a collection of useful non-circulating materials. When classes in the library are not in session students may utilize the space for research or studying. This is also a venue for many of our special events including student/faculty lunches.

Academic Honor Societies

Phi Beta Kappa

Founded in 1776, at the College of William and Mary, Phi Beta Kappa has evolved to become the nation's leading advocate for the liberal arts and sciences education at the undergraduate level. Phi Beta Kappa elects over 15,000 new members a year from 262 chapters across the United States. IU supports a strong chapter here on campus.

Theta Alpha Kappa

Theta Alpha Kappa is the national Religious Studies honor society. Undergraduate religious studies juniors and seniors with an overall GPA of at least 3.5 are eligible for membership in the department's chapter of TAK. The department selects members each spring to be inducted at Student Recognition Day.

IU Bloomington Resources

College of Arts & Sciences (COAS) Bulletin
This important resource for COAS students includes policies & degree requirements for all COAS majors and minors, lists of culture studies, distribution, and topics courses, special programs, etc. The site is searchable by academic year and department.

Students can log in and click on the the "Self-Service" tab to view the current Schedule of Classes, register for classes, look up their student ID numbers, view their schedules, and more.

Office of the Registrar
The registrar's site provides course descriptions, grades and GPA information, official calendars, transcripts, residence classification, enrollment/degree verification, duplicate diplomas, immunization information, and more.

Individualized Major Program (IMP)
This program allows students to create their own major program of study based on their interests, goals, and professional aspirations. IMP usually begins during the sophomore or junior year, although some students may be ready to apply during the second semester of their freshman year.

Intercampus Transfer Information
Before a student can register for courses at an IU campus other than his/her own, s/he must apply for an Intercampus Transfer. The online application form can be found at this site.

Credit Transfer Service (CTS) (not for Intercampus Transfers)
This service shows how courses taken at other colleges and universities might transfer to IU Bloomington. If a course not transfer as expected submit a Credit Transfer Agreement form (found under the "Help with CTS" link on the CTS Web site).

Office of Overseas Study
Facilitates study abroad experiences for students on all eight IU campuses.

Academic Support Centers (ASC)
ASC offer a wide range of free services, including tutoring, University Division advising, workshops, review sessions and other academic support. There are ASCs in three conveniently location residence halls, Briscoe (North campus), Teter (Central), and Forest (South-East).

Information Technology Training & Education
IT Training teaches classes, most of them free to students, on the use of a variety of software including Access (databases), Excel (spreadsheets), Word, Oncourse, web publishing, and more. There are also online tutorials, mostly dealing with web publishing and using e-mail.

Campus Writing Programs
Writing assistance is available through a few programs including the ASC's (see above) and the Writing Tutorial Services (WTS). WTS (pronounced "wits") provides free individual tutoring to students working on writing projects for any of their courses (including writing laboratory reports).

IUB Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
CAPS works with thousands of IU Bloomington students each year. The well-trained staff is prepared to handle serious mental health crises, as well as provide support for students who are looking to discuss problems with someone they can trust.

Additional Links to Academic Resources

Please note that these resources are provided without guarantee of accuracy or endorsement of the Religious Studies department. If you would like to suggest any links to add to this list please contact us.

Eastern & Middle Eastern Religions

IU Library India Studies Page

Buddhist Studies WWW Virtual Library In addition to general Buddhist resources, this page offers links to resources regarding Zen, Yogacara, Theravadan, and other streams of Buddhist thought.

Here is a page dedicated to Zoroastrianism.

Here is a page from which provides links to a Directory of Religion and Spirituality - Faiths and Practices.

Su Tzu's Chinese Philosophy Page has content which might be of interest to those looking for general infomation/links, and also has many links related to Taoist Philosophy.

Western Religions

A Guide to Christian Literature on the Internet. An other ICL W3 site, this specific one provides pointers to sites dedicated to "Classical Christianity."

Christus Rex. This W3 has is complete with tours of Vatican City and is also one of the most visited sites on the W3 related to religious resources.

A Guide to Early Church Documents. Maintained by Gary Bogart and John Brubaker, this Institute for Christian Leadership W3 site contains many pointers to resources available over the Internet relating to early church, including such items as canonical documents, creeds, and Apostolic writings.

Shamash A guide to linking various Judaism and Jewish Studies related sources on the web.


The Why Study Religion website aims to foster awareness of and interest in the study of religion at the college level. The site is organized around seven major concepts: Why Study Religion? What is Religion? Some Misconceptions about Studying Religion. Pressing Concerns in the Study of Religion. What Will I Study? Where Can I Go with it? Where do I Start?

Richard Miller and Eric Meslin have joined forces with IU Press in a new series on Bioethics and the Humanities.

Indiana University's LETRS has pointers to all kinds of electronically available texts.