July 2, 2018

Saint Peter, according to Mark

Dr. Lance Jenott
Hold That Thought

The apostle Peter was a leader and role model in early Christianity - or was he? Lance Jenott, a lecturer in classics and in religious studies, describes in a “Hold That Thought” podcast how the apostle Peter is portrayed much differently throughout the Bible — depending on whose Gospel people are reading.

May 9, 2018

Congratulations, Christian Baker!

Christian Baker, Religious Studies major
Religious Studies major, Ralph Bunche Scholars, & Merle Kling Undergraduate Honors Fellow

Congratulations, Christian, for recieving the Ralph Bunche Scholars Award for two years in a row and for being selected as part of the Merle Kling Undergraduate Honors Fellowship's Class of 2020. For his Kling project, Baker, a Religious Studies major, will investigate the decades-long history of the intersections of race, religion and rap music. By combining the social theories of Clifford Geertz and Max Weber with the music of Kendrick Lamar, Chance the Rapper, Drake and others, Christian seeks to help us understand the complex relationship between Black music and the varying forms of Black religion.

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

August 24, 2018 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Religious Studies and Religion & Politics Open House

Umrath Hall, room 116

Welcome incoming students!

Join us for a joint open house and meet faculty in Religious Studies and Religion & Politics. Information about fall courses and the major and minors will be provided. Light refreshments served.