April 20, 2018

Jennifer Greenberg, Religious Studies major, wins 2nd place in 2018 A&S Student Photo Contest

Jennifer Greenberg, senior majoring in Educational Studies and Religious Studies, won second place in the 2018 A&S Student Photo Context for her entry: Sunset in the East

Caption: Secluded study spots on the Danforth Campus are even more special in the light of St. Louis sunsets. I was able to catch a set of windows reflecting in another set of windows in the tower of Anheuser-Busch Hall, casting the colors of the sunset in the west over campus in the east. Like the contradiction of a sunset in the east, a seemingly mundane activity like studying on campus can equate to exploration, the creation of intimate spaces, and a recognition of beauty all around- my experience prior to capturing this photo.

Congratulations, Jennifer!

April 19, 2018

New Fall Courses!

Religious Studies is offering 3 new courses for Fall 2018!  Check out:

  • L23  308 Global Christianities
    Explore the multiple ways in which Christian traditions are practiced around the world.
    Dr. Elena Kravchenko - MW 2:30-4:00p

  • L23  220 Whose St. Louis? Religion, Race, and Power in the Gateway City
    Discover how St. Louis residents and religious communities have understood the city's racial codes and how they have positioned themselves in relation to movements for social change.
    Dr. Christine Croxall - MW 4:00-5:30p

  • L23  270 Native American Religions and Politics
    Transcend romantic and New Age notions of Native American spirituality and move toward an understanding of American Indian religiosity as tied together with a strong sense of place and a long history of oppression.
    Dr. Dana Lloyd - TTh 11:30a-1:00p

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

April 25, 2018 - 6:00pm

Anova Lecture for Landscape Architecture: Michael Rakowitz

Michael Rakowitz, Minaret. Performance, 2001-ongoing. Mosque alarm clock, megaphone.
Steinberg Auditorium - 6p Reception, 6:30p Lecture

Michael Rakowitz is an Iraqi-American conceptual artist who operates within art spaces and beyond them. He is Professor of Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University.

Co-sponsored by The Danforth Center on Religion and Politics and the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis.

April 30, 2018 - 2:00pm

Religious Studies Senior Symposium

Busch Hall, room 18

You're invited to join us for our Senior Symposium!

Come hear our graduating majors present their capstone research and celebrate their achievements!

Dessert reception to follow.

May 2, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Study with Us!

Busch Hall, room 18

Students -

Need a quiet place to Study?

With Snacks and Coffee?

Stop by

Busch 18 to study!


All students welcome!