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

September 21
event 9/21/2017

Common Reality and Our Digital Lives

Mayser Gymnasium

Michael Patrick Lynch, Ph.D. Director of the Humanities Institute, University of Connecticut We...

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October 12
event 10/12/2017

Religious Studies Talk - Kathryn Lofton - Do Not Tamper With...

Stager 102 Stahr Auditorium

This talk will consider The Goldman Sachs Group as a case for students of religion. Common sense...

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Story 9/1/2017

Arab Arts Festival to Showcase a Rich Culture

“Arab Comics: 90 Years of Popular Visual Culture,” showing at Franklin & Marshall College’s Phillips Museum of Art from Sept. 6 through Dec. 8, is part of the College’s Arab Arts Festival, an...

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Story 4/26/2017

Kneedler Award Recipient Keeps Things Light, Efficient,...

Behind her desk, motivational posters cover a wall, and several capture who she is – “Sharing,” “Gratitude,” “Tenacious,” “Do or do not, there is no try,” “Never Let Inexperience Get in the Way of...

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Story 3/6/2017

F&M Religious Studies Professor Earns Prestigious Fellowship

F&M Associate Professor of Religious Studies John Modern will spend the 2018-19 academic year at the University of Pennsylvania, working on a research project funded by a prestigious fellowship he...

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