ReligiousReligious means, simply, of or pertaining to a religion.
Religious artifacts have meaning because they fit into a framework of beliefs and values and possibly because of events associated with their histories.
A religious person is a person committed to a spiritual life in the context of an organized faith as, for instance, a monk, minister, priest/priestess, imam, cleric, deacon, ayatollah, nun, or friar.
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Online Directory of Departments and Programs of Religious Studies
Searchable directory of 1,600 accredited religious studies departments and programs in North America, from the Council of Societies for the Study of Religion.
The purpose of Religious Studies is to understand and interpret the history, literature, thought, and social structures of various religious traditions and cultures. The department offers courses at the undergraduate and graduate level in the fields Asian Religions, Christianity, Judaism, Ethics and Philosophy of Religion, and Religion, Cultures, and Comparative Studies. The department offers programs in bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees.
Centre for Ministry Studies, University of Wales, Bangor
Empirical theology, psychology of religion and religious education are the main areas of research in the centre. PhD supervision is available. The Professor of Practical Theology welcomes informal questions regarding supervision.
The Religion Department offers instruction, from the introductory to the advanced level, in most of the world's major religious traditions: Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, the religions of the ancient Near East, the religions of Africa, and religious life in Native North America.
California State University, Chico
Department of Religious Studies. The academic study of religion at CSU, Chico, focuses on a) historical studies of Eastern and Western religious traditions; b)textual studies of the sacred writings in religious traditions; c) methodological studies which seek to understand and interpret religious traditions and cultural symbols; and d)cognate studies which relate religion to aspects of culture such as literature and the arts, ethics and law, psychology, sociology, and philosophy.
Undergraduate Division of Religion.
Indiana University Religious Studies Department
Undergraduate and graduate programs.
Agnes Scott College
Department of Religious Studies. Independent, national liberal arts college for women grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition but with an appreciation for pluralism.
Georgetown, Kentucky. Emphasis on Biblical Studies, also offers courses in Christian history and theology, Christian ministry, and non-Western religions. Introduces faculty, courses, and schedule.
Philosophy and Religious Studies Department. Undergraduate course descriptions.
Southern Methodist University
Department of Religious studies offers B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in Religious Studies; minor in Religious Studies.
Western Illinois University
Religious studies is the academic examination of one of the most important phenomena of human culture.
The academic study of religion focusing upon the origins and historical development of several of the world's major religious traditions with the goal of enabling students to understand and appreciate religious diversity in the modern world.
The Department of Religion is one of the largest Humanities departments at Duke and one of the most prestigious departments of religion in the entire country. The Department offers instruction in all the major religions, notably Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism.
University of Bridgeport
The Program in World Religions at the University of Bridgeport grants the B.A. in World Religions. The study is non-sectarian and publicly inclined. All the major religions of the world are given attention.
The Department of Religious Studies offers a graduate program leading to the degrees of M.A. and Ph.D., with specializations in History of Religions: Early Christianity and Western Religious Thought.
The study of Religion at Syracuse is distinctive. From the introductory level through the Ph.D., the range of courses, developed within the College of Arts and Sciences, in contradistinction to a theological seminary, opens conversations with historians, literary critics, novelists,poets, philosophers, linguists, sociologists, psychologists, and anthropologists.
University of California, Santa Barbara
Programs for the Study of Religion Worldwide, Religious Studies Department. Over 750 programs in Religious Studies/Theology listed, from colleges and universities across the world. Listed alphabetically and geographically.
Women's liberal arts college in Virginia. Undergraduate religious studies program.
California State University, Northridge
The Religious Studies Department at California State University, Northridge offers a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies. The Department encourages students to draw upon a variety of fields and disciplines for African-American Studies, Anthropology, Psychology, and Sociology. A major will be able to interpret religious texts, think both empathetically and critically about conflicting religious claims, acquire knowledge of the history of more than one major religious tradition, apply intercultural methods to religious inquiry and analysis, and articulate a perception of one's role in society, in both career and public service options.
University of Colorado
The Department of Religious Studies offers comprehensive programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts and the Master of Arts degrees in religious studies. The program aims to provide students with a broad knowledge of religion as a dimension of human culture, familiarity with a variety of approaches to the academic student of religion, training in advanced research skills.
College of Wooster
Department of Religious Studies. The study of religion at Wooster explores the broad dimensions of the many forms of human religiosity. Religion asks questions of meaning, purpose, and value. Many of the fundamental debates of our society (abortion, euthanasia, sexuality, political and economic goals and objectives) are debates about fundamental ways of viewing the world and their related systems of value.
University of North Carolina
The UNC Department of Religious Studies is dedicated to the study of the world's religions as historical and cultural phenomena. Students and faculty explore religious traditions and their history, sacred texts, belief systems, rituals, and institutions. The UNC Department of Religious Studies is one of the oldest departments of its kind at an American public university. It was ranked third among the nation's undergraduate programs in religious studies, according to the 1993 Gourman Report.
University of Dayton
Department of Religious Studies. Presented from within the Catholic tradition, a major in Religious Studies at UD develops a broad scope of basic areas including biblical studies, moral questions, the teachings and history of Christianity and other religious traditions. There are also courses in the teachings of religion, religion and culture, and pastoral questions.
University of Wales, Lampeter
The Department of Theology, Religious Studies & Islamic Studies, University of Wales, Lampeter, offers a broad range of modules for BA (Hons) degrees. There are also opportunities for postgraduate studies, for M.A., M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees.
University of Pennsylvania
The academic study of religion examines how the beliefs and values of contemporary and historical cultures shape and are shaped by societal factors, long-standing traditions, and distinctive forms of literary and artistic expression.
Arizona State University, Tempe
The Department of Religious studies brings together perspectives and approaches from history, sociology, anthropology, philosophy, and literature to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the individuals and traditions that constitute religions and cultures. When students major or minor in religious studies they can tailor their program to suit their individual interests, such as focusing on a particular region of the world, or a particular religious tradition.
The Committee on the Study of Religion is a standing committee of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, comprised of instructors from both F.A.S. members and the Divinity School. Degrees offered include the Ph.D., Th.D., and B.A.
Department of Religion.
Graduate Division of Religion.
Department of Religion.
Department of Religious Studies. Course information, web resources, faculty info, insights and stories section, departmental journal, description of religious studies, links to articles by faculty, links to course syllabi, message from the Chair.
Providence College - Latin American Studies Program
Religion in Latin America, an educational resource for religion, society, and politics. This site includes statistics, documents in English and Spanish, information about radical choice, liberation theology, protestantism, indigenous theology.
Religious Studies Department. Alma, Michigan.
The Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies offers majors and minors in philosophy and religious studies as well as a combined major. The religious studies major offers students the opportunity to engage in critical and sympathetic study of various religious traditions, to study religious literature, to examine more general questions regarding the nature of religion, and to examine their own religious heritage and experience.
Georgia State University
Program in Religious Studies.
University of California, Riverside
The Department of Religious Studies provides an opportunity to study diverse religious traditions of the world. Students are able to examine texts, symbols, myths, rituals, ideas, values, institutions, and intellectual (theological, philosophical, and ethical) systems of many traditions, such as Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, African and Native American religions. Religion is studied empathetically, descriptively, and critically with the aid of historical, exegetical, literary, philosophical, theological, and social-scientific (e.g. anthropological, socio-logical, and psychological) methods of inquiry.