December 1, 2016

Religious film series spotlights covert religious themes in films

From Student Life

The Religious Studies program created the film series this semester as a way to build community, both within the program and beyond. The series also offers students a chance to apply the skills they learn in Religious Studies courses to films in popular culture, whose themes aren’t always obviously religious. ...Read the article here

November 28, 2016

Prof. Lerone Martin discusses ‘phonograph religion’

Prof. Lerone Martin, Assistant Professor with the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics, discusses his research and book “Preaching on Wax,” chronicling how African-American preachers reached a wide audience through records in the 1920s and ’30s, for a “Research on Religion” podcast. Click here to listen to the podcast.

October 5, 2016

Faculty Spotlight: Cassie Adcock

Cassie Adcock in the archives at Lucknow with archivist Miradevi

Cassie Adcock (Associate Professor of History, South Asian Studies, and Religious Studies) was on research leave for the Fall and Spring semesters of 2015-2016 thanks to two fellowship awards: a Senior Research Fellowship from the American Institute of Indian Studies that was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, and a Kluge Fellowship from the Library of Congress. Read about how she spent her research leave here.

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. ...Click here to read more

Upcoming Events

February 3, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Drop in for Coffee Hour

Busch Hall, room 109

Religious Studies invites you to drop in for coffee. Stop by for a cup of coffee/tea fresh brewed in the office Keurig, grab a snack, and to visit with faculty and students.

No RSVPs needed. Please feel free to stop in any time between 10-12 and stay as long (or as short) as your schedule allows.