About Religious Studies

The Department of Religious Studies was established in 1995 and inaugurated an MA in 1996. Instruction is offered in all of the major religions of the world and in a number of thematic areas.

Initiative to Establish an Institute for Tamil and Tamilar Diaspora Studies

Tamil, a language spoken by about 85 million people in India and other places, is of great importance for the world, both in its classical manifestations and in its dynamic life of today. This initiative is to create a robust, self-sufficient institute that focuses not only on language and history but also on the arts, customs, and traditions of Tamil.

Dr. Christine Gudorf Outstanding Thesis Award

The Christine Gudorf Outstanding Thesis Award supports an annual award for the best M.A. thesis in the Department of Religious Studies.