“The person who never leaves home thinks Mama is the only cook.”

-Swahili Proverb

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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, the African-American religious experience, and material and visual culture, it emphasizes historical and critical approaches, as well as interdisciplinary exploration within and beyond Religious Studies.

Chair of the Department: Jamal J. Elias
Graduate Chair: Anthea Butler
Undergraduate Chair: Justin McDaniel

 

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Featured News

Digital Humanities from an Indigenous Perspective

This week the department of Religious Studies congratulates Dr. Timothy Powell, director of EPIC (Educational Partnerships with Indigenous Communities).  Dr. Powell has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Digital Humanities Level II Digital Humanities Advancement grant entitled “Digital Humanities from an Indigenous Perspective: Strengthening Partnerships between Indigenous Communities, Humanities Scholars, Museums, and Archives.” 

Justin McDaniel - "Classroom Trailblazer"

RELS356301 Living Deliberately: Monks, Saints and the Contemplative Life


 

RELS Welcomes Donovan Schaefer- Assistant Professor in Material Culture Studies & Religion


Donovan S
chaefer joins the Department of Religious Studies as an Assistant Professor in the Fall of 2017, after spending three years as a lecturer at the University of Oxford.

 

 

2017 Boardman Symposium: Sanctuary: A Public Conversation on Religion, Immigration, and Contested Spaces

Join Penn’s Religious Studies department for a public discussion with leading religious leaders, historic preservationists, and activists for sacred spaces concerning relevant and contemporary issues facing struggles and triumphs of immigration, religion and sacred spaces.

Event Date: 
04/20/2017 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Event Location: 

Kislak Center, Class of 1978 Pavillion Room
6th Floor, Van Pelt Library
3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104