The department of Religious Studies at Franklin & Marshall offers one of the most international majors on campus, with strengths in American religions, Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, and Islam.  It also has thematic courses addressing, for example, religion and literature, and religion and politics.  It offers highly individualized, independent study opportunities both on campus and around the world.  Religious Studies is in many ways a quintessential liberal arts major in that it teaches rigorous critical thinking, textual analysis, and broad acquaintance with multiple cultures, while expanding your mind about what it means to be human and to wrestle with the most important questions human beings have asked.

We have an excellent record of preparing students for a broad range of careers (including higher education, business, education, law and medicine) and elite graduate programs, including those at Harvard, Yale, the University of Chicago, and UC Santa Barbara.

Recent independent projects have included studies of specific Native American traditions, Buddhism in Thailand, Hindu Mythology, the Taoist influence on Zen Buddhism, spiritual healing, Islamic fundamentalism, 20th century women mystics, and modern commentaries on the book of Job.

The Pulse

February 18
event 2/18/2019

The Children of Noah: Birth of a New Judaic Faith

Stager 102 Stahr Auditorium

What happens when an anthropologist of religion and cinematographer team up and attempt to capture...

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March 06
event 3/6/2019

Religious Studies Lecture - Adam Shapiro

Life Science 142 Bonchek Lecture Hall

From Lancaster to Lincoln and from Dayton to Dover: The story of America's first evolution trials...

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March 26
event 3/26/2019

Nancy Berg - Hebrew, Sushi, and Bad Tattoos

Klehr Multipurpose Room One 1st Floor

Nancy E. Berg, is professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature at Washington University, and a...

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April 15
event 4/15/2019

A Reading with Moriel Rothman-Zecher

Writers House Reading Room

Moriel Rothman-Zecher, an Israeli American novelist and poet, is a National Book Foundation ‘5...

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Story 2/15/2019

Sexton Speaks to the Ineffable Moments in Faith and Baseball

You know you’re experiencing a unique campus event when a speaker’s story culminates in a description of how a metal crucifix chipped his tooth.  

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Story 2/8/2019

Feldman Offers Preview of Her New Film, 'The Children of...

At 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 18 in Stager Hall's Stahr Auditorium Assistant Professor of Religion Rachel Feldman will screen a preview of her documentary film and says she "would love to have faculty and...

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Story 5/12/2018

Socrates Citation In Honor of Annette Aronowicz

As Professor Aronowicz taught for more than three decades, the integrity of religious studies depends on the willingness to pursue what religion is through examining its multifarious expressions in...

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