"For much of the twentieth century, most American intellectuals dreamed of a public square empty of religious actors and religious arguments... But then came the deluge: the election of Jimmy Carter, the Iranian Revolution, the rise of the Moral Majority, the Reagan Revolution, 9/11, and the faith-based presidential election of 2004.... Evidence of the public power of religion is overwhelming, particuarly in the United States."

- Stephen Prothero, Religious Literacy (2007)

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, 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

Colloquium Schedule Fall 2019

Event Date: 
09/12/2019 (All day) - 11/14/2019 (All day)
Event Location: 

Religion and the Walt Disney Company

Speaker: 

Jodi Eichler-Levine of Lehigh University

Event Date: 
09/26/2019 - 3:00pm - 4:20pm
Event Location: 

Religion and the Global Future - New Spring 2019 Course

Spring Semester 2019
Religious Studies 137

Religion and the Global Future
Instructors: Steven Weitzman and Marie Harf

A new and one time only course, it will explore what role religion is playing in shaping the future of the globe. 

The course is accompanied by a guest lecture series open to the university community.

Timothy Powell: In Memory

It is with profound sadness that the Department of Religious Studies announces the passing away of our wonderful colleague, Dr. Timothy Burgess Powell, on November 1, 2018.