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Religious Studies

"Understanding different national, cultural and religious traditions is no longer a luxury. It is now a necessity and must become a priority."     
-- Karen Armstrong, Historian


Religion has held a central place in civilizations throughout history and around the globe. We find religion at the center of humanitarian work and global conflict, in towns and neighborhoods, and in people's individual search for meaning. The academic study of religion does not promote or reject any particular religion. Rather, we examine all forms of religious practice and belief, using the methods of many different disciplines.  

Students who complete the Religious Studies major will understand the relationship between religion and culture, analyze the effects of value systems on individuals, apply appropriate methods of research and argumentation, communicate their findings in clear well-reasoned writing, and demonstrate literacy concerning the major religions of the world. Learn more about our program below.
Check out our departmental faculty in this Interfaith Dialogue!

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We have a new hire! 

The Religious Studies program has hired Eliza Rosenberg as a full-time Lecturer. She’ll teach RELS 1010 (Introduction to Religious Studies), RELS 3990 (Theory and Method), HIST/RELS 3060 (Introduction to Jewish Studies). Eliza is an experienced researcher and is a Doctor of Philosophy. She also has postdoctoral work as a teaching fellow here at Utah State. We are very excited to have her on board!

Dr. Rosenberg contributed a piece for our Disease in History series in April 2020 on the Bubonic Plague and Christian Thought.

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