February 10, 2016

Employment Opportunity

Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship in East Asian Religions

The Program in Religious Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, in cooperation with the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, invites applications for a one-year postdoctoral teaching fellowship in East Asian Religions (with possibility of renewal) to begin in August 2016.

November 13, 2015

Meeting Creators: Comics & Pop Culture in 'Thinking About Religion'

Class Skype with Kieron Gillen

What happens when an introductory class incorporates a comic book and Skype? An invaluable learning experience.

Click here to read how Prof. Roshan Abraham invited Kieron Gillen, author of the graphic novel series The Wicked and the Divine, to Skype with his introductory religious studies class, "Thinking About Religion" and see how his students loved it.

About Religious Studies

Religion permeates everything—being informed about it endows one with deeper insight regarding artistic, business, and international phenomena. People who are religiously literate are in a better position to examine and respond to individual, interpersonal, and political dynamics—from human development, the fine arts and identity studies to history, science, urban planning, public policy and health care. The ability to navigate and recognize the perspective and influence of world religions can inform collaborations, organizational management, and responses to current issues. It is a key that empowers people in addressing circumstances from increasingly diverse neighborhoods and workplaces to national and world events.

M. R. Diamond, “Religious Literacy Across the Disciplines,” 2011


Few will contest the fact that, despite predictions to the contrary, religion continues to play a central role in contemporary culture, politics, identity, and conflict in every part of the globe. At the same time, the fast-moving forces of globalization, migration, and technology continue to bring diverse religious communities in closer proximity, often creating new religious communities in the process. As a result, it has become ever more essential for people living in today’s world to be “religiously literate.”


The Religious Studies Program at Washington University is designed to provide students with the opportunity to not only acquire basic knowledge of the beliefs and practices of the major world religions, but also learn how to engage in a critical appraisal of both their historic and their contemporary significance. ...Click here to read more

Upcoming Events

February 15, 2016 - 4:00pm

Major-Minor Welcome Session

DUC 233

Please join us in welcoming our new majors and minors to the Religious Studies Program.

February 25, 2016 - 5:30pm

Weltin Lecture: Collaboration, Corruption, and Identity in the Wake of Persecution: Religious Conflict and Its Legacy

Prof. Elizabeth DePalma Digeser
Women's Building Formal Lounge

In this lecture, Digeser will compare the division of North African Christians into two camps after Diocletian’s persecution (303 CE) with two modern examples. These case studies suggest that communities whose members perform multiple identities before persecution may split into hostile camps in the aftermath, if one side perceives the other as somehow compromised, as collaborating or corrupt.