Skip to Content

Department of Religious Studies


figurines on a table

About

Our department offers interdisciplinary approaches to the academic study of religious beliefs and practices. The focus of study connects religion with literature, history, philosophy and anthropology. Many different religious traditions are studied with attention to religious beliefs and practices in their historical, cultural and philosophical contexts.

Our Curriculum

A curriculum of over 60 courses is designed to help students acquire expertise in at least one major tradition while at the same time challenging them to take seriously a wide diversity of religious expression and meaning.

Students seeking a broad-based education in the liberal arts will find the Department's program especially valuable. The study of religion draws upon the methods and insights of many different disciplines, including philosophy, literature, history, psychology, international studies, anthropology and art. Students frequently combine a major or minor in one of these fields with a program of study in religion.

 

Our Faculty

The Department is very proud of its strong teaching record. Its faculty include former winners of the Michael J. Mungo Teaching Award and the Distinguished Professor of the Year award as well as awards from the USC Mortar Board and the South Carolina Honors College.

Class sizes range from as many as 100 in introductory courses to as few as 15 in small upper-level seminars. In every case, faculty are dedicated to working closely with students and to assisting them in pursuing their personal interests and career goals.