Open DetailsKrishna festival
Close DetailsRadha, Krishna, and Gopis on a Rasa-Lila float.
Open DetailsMonks during debate practice
Close DetailsSera monastery, Lhasa, Tibet.
Open DetailsFirst communion blessing
Close DetailsIndia
Open DetailsDressed fit for the gods
Close DetailsIndigenous ritual, Samba School, Sao Lucas, Brazil.
Open DetailsMorning Torah Reading
Close DetailsElders with the holy scripture.

News and Events


On September 21, 2015, at 5:30 pm in Alumni Lounge, the DOR is holding our annual Fall Dinner for Religion Majors and Minors, and for any other students who might be interested in joining the department.  This is an extremely important dinner!  We’ll meet face to face as a department and review the thesis process.  Whether you’re a Senior or a Junior, it is REQUIRED for you to come.

On September 24, at 4:15 pm, in Terrace B, MatherHall, Mark Juergensmeyer will deliver the department’s annual Limpitlaw lecture, entitled “Global Rebellion:  Religious Challenges to the Secular State.”  This is an important contemporary topic, and we encourage you all to come!  A reception will follow.

SENIORS: Thesis: You MUST register for a thesis this year, either for the Fall semester or the Spring semester (either way the course is RELG 497). If you’re choosing to do a 2-semester thesis, you MUST register for Thesis Part I (RELG 498) for the Fall and Thesis Part II (RELG 499) for the Spring. Make sure you’ve consulted a faculty adviser early and have settled on a topic you feel comfortable with. Also, the DOR awards an annual prize for the best senior thesis, so begin early on this important project.

JUNIORS: You might – in fact you should – be thinking about potential topics for your senior thesis.  Thesis ideas often arise from seminars, past courses, and learning experiences abroad. Talk to your academic advisor soon, as it’s never too early to start. Keep in mind that the DOR has it its disposal a small amount of research funds available to assist you in your preliminary work for the thesis. Information about these funds and how you can submit a proposal for funds will come out early spring semester, but it’s never too early to gather ideas.

SOPHOMORES: Plan your courses well with your adviser. You’ll want to develop depth and breadth in the major, and make sure you fulfill all the requirements for the major (all can be found on the DOR web page). Also, now is the time to consider spending a semester or two overseas. Many DOR majors find an overseas study experience to be invaluable for the study of Religion. The deadline to submit a late request to Study Away for the Spring of 2016 is coming quick.  Students should refer to the Study Away course in Moodle by September 8, 2015.  For students who want to Study Away during the year 2016-2017 they will be enrolled in the Study Away course in Moodle by the end of October 2015. Please visit the website of the Office of International Programs.

We welcome Professor Tim Landry as our new anthropologist of religion!  He’s appointed jointly with the Religion and Anthropology Departments, and this year will be teaching: 


REL Anthropology of Religion

ANTH Introduction to Cultural Anthropology


REL 285 Religions of Africa

ANTH Religion in the City