Welcome to the Department of Religious Studies

Religion matters – just read the headlines. The field of Religious Studies provides you with an important knowledge base and helps you acquire a valuable skill set that can be used for adaptive problem solving, ethical leadership and engaged global citizenship in an increasingly interconnected world. Our faculty is known for creative teaching strategies, engaged- and service-learning techniques and student-centered pedagogy.

The academic field of Religious Studies fosters intellectual flexibility and cultivates practical competencies.  For all those who ask big questions and want to tackle the big problems - we welcome you.

Fall 2014 Courses

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Department News

  • New director takes reins of Center for the Study of Religion, Culture & Society

    An accomplished scholar of Hindu-Christian encounters and religion in India, Professor Brian Pennington will oversee university support of faculty and undergraduate research projects that seek answers to intellectual questions about religion in today’s world.

  • Elon modifies upcoming Winter Term programs

    Winter Term 2015 classes in Israel and Ghana have been canceled or postponed due to regional security and health concerns in Africa and the Middle East.

  • Geoffrey Claussen publishes on Jewish Studies pedagogy

    Claussen's article is included in the summer 2014 issue of Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies (Purdue University Press).

  • Pamela Winfield interviewed online about her monograph

    The associate professor of religious studies was interviewed by BuddhistGeeks.com about her monograph "Icons and Iconoclasm: Kukai and Dogen on the Art of Enlightenment."


  • Pamela Winfield edits special journal issue on New Religious Movements

    In her second edited issue of CrossCurrents Journal, the associate professor of religious studies complicates the scholarly category of New Religious Movements and argues that this label "fails to recognize both old and new elements in any evolving religious tradition, classifies completely disparate groups solely on the basis of their 19th-21st century establishment dates (not doctrines, practices, or family-resemblances to host or cognate groups), and often ignores adherents’ claims to their continuity with established sects."