Elijah Siegler, Chair
About the Department
The academic study of religion at the College occupies an integral place in the liberal arts curriculum. The department’s broad range of course offerings expose students to the global diversity of religious traditions, with the goal of instilling an appreciation for how religion shapes and is shaped by human cultures worldwide. The academic study of religion examines beliefs, behaviors, and institutions from outside the framework of any particular worldview or belief system, and as such does not seek to promote any specific religion. Religions are taught from a comparative, cross-cultural, and interdisciplinary perspective, drawing on a variety of methods from history, literary studies, philosophy, and the social sciences.