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

Story 3/23/2018

Common Hour Speaker Encourages Gratitude and Compassion

Snow kept Nipun Mehta from making it to Franklin & Marshall College on March 22, but the founder of ServiceSpace still tuned in to speak at Common Hour, a community discussion conducted every...

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Story 3/22/2018

Being the Change Changes the Being: Acting on Instincts of...

Nipun Mehta Founder of ServiceSpace Our world today faces unprecedented challenges, rooted in multiple forms of disconnection. By losing connection to nature, we have created an ecological divide...

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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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