Religion Department

The Religion Department is dedicated to the academic study of religion as a complex and dynamic phenomenon deeply interwoven with other aspects of life and culture. It is an integral part of the liberal arts curriculum of the University. The department's goals are:

  • To teach about the world's religious traditions, introducing students to the thought, beliefs, institutions, symbolic expressions, worship, and social and moral implications of these traditions, and to illuminate their interaction with other social and cultural forms, including other religious traditions;
  • To introduce students to the various methods employed in religious studies: historical, philosophical and theological, sociological and psychological, textual, hermeneutical and aesthetic, and comparative;
  • To provide a place for addressing big questions of value, meaning, and human cares and for assessing the ways these are addressed in religious communities;
  • To encourage students to think about religious ways of life tolerantly, sympathetically, and yet critically.

Upcoming Events

Date Event
Feb 4
Public Lecture by Marc Bregman, Wednesday, February 4, Hillel 101
Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library, 7:00 PM
Mar 17

News and Announcements

commissioning-ceremony

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Two 2014 Graduates Commissioned as U.S. Army Officers

Two Washington and Lee University graduates capped their Commencement day by being commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army. John Bruch of Baltimore, Md., and Christina Lowry of Lexington,...