Department of Religion
Trying to make sense of the world today? Experience a bigger worldview. Explore religious life and thought in art, literature, philosophy and more, and examine the role it plays in society today.
Religion helps humanity find meaning and purpose. Through history, it has both united and polarized.
Study the world's great religious traditions, grapple with profound ethical and theological questions, and explore religion in a cross-cultural and interdisciplinary context.
You will learn to interpret the dynamics of religious thought, convictions, actions and expressions. Some of the questions you will encounter include:
- What kind of life is most worth living?
- How do we understand the nature of the world?
- How do we relate to ourselves and others?
Study religious life and thought from the perspectives of arts, ethics, ethnography, gender, history, literature, mythology, philosophy, political theory, psychology, scriptural studies, social sciences and theology.
Knowledge of religion is critical in today’s world. The academic study of religion is not simply a critical undertaking. It is often a transforming experience, introducing you to unfamiliar aspects of your own world, and to the religious realities of our global situation.
What can I do with a religion degree?
Majoring or minoring in religion enables you to develop critical awareness and understanding of one of the foundations of human culture and society. Doing so provides a good foundation for careers in:
- Public policy
- International relations
- Civil rights law
- Social work
- The arts
- Television, radio and film
- Public history
- And, of course, ministry in several faith traditions
Religion is central to the foundations of global societies with which diplomats and foreign relations experts must engage. Many double majors and minors recognize this benefit and couple a major or minor in religion with majors in international relations, political science, anthropology, philosophy, pre-law, studio art, art history, history, English and textual studies, foreign languages, or economics.
To learn more about your options, talk to you advisor today.
Broaden your perspective with an international experience through Syracuse Abroad. Religion majors often go abroad to Syracuse University centers in London and Madrid.
Summer programs of interest include Religion, Law, and Human Rights in a Comparative Perspective (Strasbourg, France); Exploring Jewish Life in Central Europe, Middle East Policies and Security Studies in Israel, and Revolutions, War, and the Prospects for Democracy in the Middle East (Dubai, UAE).
There are no events in this category right now, but please check the University calendar for many other options.
Books by Faculty
Unbridled: Studying Religion in Performance by William Robert, University of Chicago Press; First edition (March 18, 2022), 144 pp, ISBN-13: 978-0226816586
Embodying Black Religions in Africa and Its Diasporas, edited by Yolanda Covington-Ward and Jeanette Jouili, Duke University Press Books (September 24, 2021), 352pp., ISBN-13-978-1478010647
Byzantine Tree Life: Christianity and the Arboreal Imagination, by Thomas Arentzen, Virginia Burrus, and Glenn Peers, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021), 190pp., ISBN-13: 978-3-030-75901-8
Cosmologies of Pure Realms and the Rhetoric of Pollution , by Yohan Yoo and James W. Watts, Routledge; 1st edition (May 30, 2021), 178pp., ISBN-13: 978-0367712051
Understanding the Bible as a Scripture in History, Culture, and Religion, by James W. Watts, Wiley-Blackwell; 1st edition (May 13, 2021), 384pp., ISBN-13: 978-1119730378
Burrus, Virginia, Marco Conti, and Dennis Trout. The Lives of Saint Constantina: Critical Edition, Translation, Introduction, and Commentary. Early Christian Texts. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020. ISBN: 9780198854425
Derrida, Jacques. Deconstruction in a Nutshell: A Conversation with Jacques Derrida, With a New Introduction (Perspectives in Continental Philosophy), edited with a commentary by John D. Caputo (New York: Fordham, 2020). 978-0823290291.
In Search of Radical Theology: Expositions, Explorations, Exhortations (Perspectives in Continental Philosophy), (New York: Fordham University Press, 2020). 978-0823289196 https://amzn.to/2TcqBf6
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Michael Steele, former RNC chair, to deliver the 2022 Borgognoni Lecture.
Professor Philip Arnold is principal investigator on a Luce Foundation grant awarded to Syracuse University to explore the impact of the Doctrine.
George M. Langford and Virginia Burrus join Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein and Martin Luther King, Jr., as members of the Academy.