"...if I went back to college today, I think I would probably major in comparative religion, because that’s how integrated it is in everything that we are working on and deciding and thinking about in life today"

- John Kerry, Secretary of State, U.S.A.

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Welcome

The Department of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania offers a wide range of courses, undergraduate Majors and Minors, and a renowned PhD program. With particular strengths in the study of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and the African-American religious experience, it emphasizes historical and critical approaches, as well as interdisciplinary exploration within and beyond Religious Studies.

 

Chair of the Department: Justin McDaniel
Graduate Chair: Annette Yoshiko Reed
Undergraduate Chair: Justin McDaniel

 

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Featured News

Congratulations to 2016 RELS Graduate Julia Hintlian!

Julia Hintlian, who graduated from Penn in May with a major in Religious Studies, has recently placed second in the national Theta Alpha Kappa Graduate Fellowship Competition.

FALL 2016: RELIGION & VIOLENCE

Is religion inescapably violent? This course will explore the links between religion and violence through the examination of several case studies. In these case studies, we will ask how religious commitment and doctrine may inspire violence and what such violence may tell us about "religion."

RELS Fall 2016 Courses

Looking for interesting courses for the fall? Check out our RELS undergraduate offerings -- including many that fulfill College sector and foundational approaches requirements.