“...it might well be said that one’s education is not complete without a study of comparative religion or the history of religion.”

United States Supreme Court Justices Clark and Goldberg
in Abingdon v. Schempp

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.