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
Mar 29

News and Announcements

Caroline Osella

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Caroline Osella to Lecture in Global Fellows Seminar

Caroline Osella, a reader in anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London, will lecture at W&L as part of the Winter 2016 Global Fellows Seminar: Tradition and Change in the Middle East and South Asia. Her talk will be Jan. 27, 2016, at 5 p.m. in Hillel 101.

In the News Logo

Friday, December 11, 2015

CAJEF Global Fellows Program Announces Four-Week Seminar

The Center for International Education at Washington and Lee University will hold a Winter 2016 Global Fellows Seminar: Tradition and Change in the Middle East and South Asia. The seminar is supported by the Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation.