January 22, 2018

Summer enrollment begins March 28th

Religious Studies is offering 3 new courses for Summer 2018!  Check out:

  • L23  380 Anime and Animi - A Popular Cultural Approach To Shinto: Topics in Religious Studies
    Explore the enchanted universe of Shinto, Japan's indigenous religion, through the lens of anime.
    Dr. Tobias Zuern in Summer session I (5/21/18 - 6/8/18): MTuWThF 1:00p-4:00p

  • L23  3302 Religion And Health: From Holy Madness To Medicalized Meditation: Topics In Religion And Science
    Discover the various relationships between religion and health in this board, introductory course.
    Dr. Laura Vollmer in Summer session II (6/11/18-7/13/18): MTuWThF 11:00a-12:45p

  • L23  140 Hinduism In Performance
    Develop an enriched experiential knowledge of South Asian performance as a rich facet of Hindu religious life and enhance our own aesthetic appreciation and expressivity.
    Dr. James Pierce in Summer session IV (7/16/18-8/16/18): MTuWThF 9:00a-10:45a

Summer enrollment begins on Wednesday, March 28th. For more information about summer school registration visit: https://summerschool.wustl.edu/registration.

About Religious Studies

…if I headed back to college today, I would major in comparative religions rather than political science." - John Kerry, “Religion and Diplomacy


Religion is a major source of inspiration, meaning, and controversy in human societies. Fast-moving forces of globalization, migration, and technology continue to bring diverse communities into closer proximity, often creating new religious communities in the process. The Religious Studies Program at Washington University gives students the opportunity to learn about diverse religions as well as to study past and current events with a critical but open mind.

Upcoming Events

March 20, 2018 - 5:30pm

Weltin Lecture - Art, Music, and Politics in the Book of Revelation

Prof. Elaine Pagels
Emerson Auditorium in Knight Hall - Reception following talk

We'll take a quick look at the Book of Revelation-the last book in the Bible: who wrote it, and when; then the astonishing range of art and music it has inspired for nearly 2000 years, and how its visions of monsters, beasts, and whores have played out in politics, often on both sides of the same war, from the 7th century through the Crusades and religious wars of Europe, to the  American Civil War, WW2, the 21st century Iraq war, including current conflict between ISIS and the west.

April 3, 2018 - 7:00pm

Religion and Politics in an Age of Fracture: Inazu, Green

Religion and Politics in an Age of Fracture Discussion Series Flier
Emerson Auditorium in Knight Hall

This discussion series approaches the challenges arising out of divisions over religion and politics and how to bridge relationships in spite of those challenges. Please join the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics for one, two, or all three events. This third discussion will feature John Inazu and Emma Green.

All events free and open to all. RSVPs appreciated, but not required. Email rap@wustl.edu or call (314) 935-9345 for more information and parking instructions.

April 11, 2018 to April 13, 2018

Reunion of Biggs Family Residents

A Colloquium featuring 17 leading Classical Scholars who have been Biggs Family Residents in Classics
Moot Courtroom, Law School

Religious Studies is a co-sponsor of the Reunion of Biggs Family Residents. Many of the talks will be on Religious Studies topics.