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Welcome to the Department of Religious & Classical Studies

In our department, we challenge students to study the practices, beliefs, texts and languages of ancient and modern societies.

Through these studies, students learn about the phenomena that have shaped Western culture and Eastern foundations. In addition to deep knowledge of the religious and cultural activity that has molded human civilization, our students acquire intellectual skills that serve them throughout their educational endeavors and beyond.

Why Study Religion?


Religion has historically shaped and continues to influence cultures and institutions worldwide. It is useful to explore spiritual traditions in order to examine ultimate religious and ethical questions.

Our coursework provides perspectives that prepare citizen-leaders to engage these matters in a thoughtful, humane, historically broad and intellectually rigorous manner.


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