Undergraduate Program


***During the Covid-19 campus closing, if you would like to sign up for a Religious Studies major or minor, please fill out a declaration form and forward to Justin McDaniel at jmcdan@sas.upenn.edu***


Our Department is dedicated to the academic study of religion offering courses in the fields of American religious history, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism, as well as introductory courses, comparative courses, and courses on methods and theories in the study of religion. Please explore our pages for more information about our distinguished faculty, the major, and upcoming lectures and events. For more information on our department and the major and minor in Religious Studies, please feel free to contact our Undergraduate Studies Chair, Justin McDaniel.

Religion is a major aspect of every human culture. In all civilizations in the world, religion helps shape the institutions of law and government, influences family and parenting practices, plays a major role in attitudes toward medicine and science, and resonates in the creative work of artists and writers. At an individual and collective level, it helps provide answers to some of the biggest questions and dilemmas of human existence. The study of religion is a diversified and multi-faceted discipline focusing on the study of specific religious traditions and the general nature of religion as a phenomenon of human life, including the cultures around the world and ancient as well as modern, in an inquiry that involves a variety of textual, historical, phenomenological, social scientific, theological, philosophical and artistic methodologies. (For more motivation, visit "Why Study Religion?")

A brochure of course offerings for each semester is available at the Department office prior to preregistration for that semester. Courses are also posted online.

RELS Declaration Form.docx12.3 KB