Aug 16, 2022  
2021-2022 College of Liberal Arts 
2021-2022 College of Liberal Arts


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About Program

Religion majors analyze the presence and influence of religion in the world in the past and present. As the Study of Religion is an interdisciplinary field, students examine religions in diverse contexts and using a range of methods. The program enables students to:

  • Explain concepts, practices and patterns of religion through the interpretation of a variety of sources, including texts, visual arts, media, law, architecture, and performance.
  • Discuss the diversity of religions and religious experiences as informed by such categories as historical context, cultural and national identity, gender, class, race/ethnicity, sexuality, age, and ability.
  • Analyze interactions among religious peoples and groups and other areas of human experience using appropriate methodologies.
  • Interpret ethical standards and practices and values-motivated behavior of individuals and groups, historically and in the present.

Throughout the interdisciplinary core, electives chosen from four focus areas, an immersive learning experience, and a capstone project, students engage a diversity of methods including historical analysis, cultural studies, social theories of community and identity formation, artistic analysis and expression, and ethical reasoning and practice.


  • Director: Associate Professor Allan Dawson
  • Arts and Sciences: Darrell Cole, Karen Pechilis, Allan Dawson, Jonathan Golden,
    Rita Keane, Peggy Kuntz, Seung-Kee Lee, John Lenz, Sangay Mishra
  • Members of the Theological School Faculty
  • The University Religion Curriculum Committee made up of faculty from Arts and
    Sciences and the Theological School provides leadership and planning for
    religion-focused curricula at Drew




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