January 22, 2018

Summer Courses are now online!

Religious Studies is offering 3 new courses for Sumer 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 1, 2018 to March 4, 2018

Religion and Politics in Early America (Beginnings to 1820)

Sponsored by: The Danforth Center on Religion and Politics, The Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy, The Society of Early Americanists, St. Louis University, & Washington University in St. Louis.

March 5, 2018 - 4:30pm

Faculty Book Talk: Monique Bedasse on Jah Kingdom

Olin Library, Room 142

As part of the Olin Library Faculty Book Talk series, Monique Bedasse will discuss Jah Kingdom: Rastafarians, Tanzania, and Pan-Africanism in the Age of Decolonization (The University of North Carolina Press). In her book, Bedasse uses Rastafarian repatriation to Tanzania to examine the transnational politics of pan-African ideas and praxis following the rise of independent nation-states across the Caribbean and Africa. Bedasse is assistant professor of history and African and African American studies at Washington University in St. Louis.