"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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MAKE YOUR COURSES COUNT!

FALL 2018 RELIGIOUS STUDIES SECTORED COURSES
(& THEIR CROSSLIST PARTNERS)

 

Race, Rights, Religion Conference

Event Date: 
04/20/2018 - 9:00am - 04/21/2018 - 1:00pm
Event Location: 

Perry World House - Global Policy Lab

3803 Locust Walk

SACRED STUFF: Religious Bodies, Places, and Things

New Course with Donovan Schaefer this fall!