About The Department of Religious Studies

Engaging the Sacred to Create a Just, Peaceful and Prosperous World

Welcome to the Department of Religious Studies! We are a department housed within The Steven J. Green School of International & Public Affairs (SIPA.) Established in 1995, and inaugurating our MA program in 1996, our department offers instruction in all of the major religions of the world and in a number of thematic areas. The religions and thematic areas include: Native American and African Religions, Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, and Christianity; themes such as peace and conflict, sex and gender, environment, development, migration, health, new religious movements, and religious memorialization. Our faculty members are well published, and are known nationally and internationally.


Many of our undergraduate majors are double majors; most are interdisciplinary in their approach to religion. Some are actively involved in international research. Many of our MA students present papers at national and international conferences, and even publish in professional journals. Our MA graduates have gone on to doctoral programs at UC Berkeley, Claremont Graduate School, the University of Edinburgh, Boston University, Emory University, Arizona State University, the New School, and a number of universities in Asia and Europe.

We offer both undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as combined and accelarated programs.

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FIU is Our Home

Established in 1972, Florida International University (FIU) is one of the fastest-growing, most diverse and dynamic universities in the nation. It is a doctoral/Research University Extensive, and is the youngest institution in the United States with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter.

We're a Department Within SIPA

The Steven J. Green School of International & Public Affairs (SPIA) is a full member of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA). The Green School is the first university in Florida to achieve the prestigious designation and one of only 25 U.S. and 40 APSIA member schools in the world.

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