The American Historical Association reviews Prof. Leigh Schmidt's (Edward Mallinckrodt Distinguished University Professor with the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics) new book, "Village Atheists: How America’s Unbelievers Made Their Way in a Godly Nation." Read the article here.
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
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.
…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 forms 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.
One does not have to be religious in order to study religion! Religious Studies covers subjects as diverse as U.S. politics, Beyoncé, the Middle East, atheism, Tolstoy, Gandhi, Black Lives Matter, climate change, and Buddhist philosophies. The diversity of topics that can be covered in Religious Studies is huge and is best studied in all its interdisciplinary complexity. As such, courses offered by our program are taught by faculty in a variety of disciplines and areas, including: The Danforth Center on Religion and Politics; Anthropology; Classics; East Asian Languages and Cultures; English; History; Jewish, Islamic, and Near Eastern Studies; and Political Science.
A major in Religious Studies will help you understand and appreciate the complex ways in which religious traditions inform human thought and behavior. A double major or a minor will also enhance a broad range of studies from politics and law to business and medicine. So whether you are interested in preparing for the advanced academic study of religion, seeking to complement another area of study, or simply feel the need to acquire a greater knowledge of religions, a major or minor in Religious Studies is excellent preparation for living and working in a pluralistic society and global culture.