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

October 23
event 10/23/2018

Religion Law and Politics in South Asia Speaker Series...

Life Science 142 Bonchek Lecture Hall

Hafsa Kanjwal is an Assistant Professor of History at Lafayette College "Our Breadwinner has Come...

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November 02
event 11/2/2018

Religion Law and Politics in South Asia Speaker Series -...

Stager 102 Stahr Auditorium

Shenila Khoja-Moolji is an Assistant Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies at Bowdoin...

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November 07
event 11/7/2018

Screening of "The Last Laugh" and Q&A with Ferne Pearlstein

Life Science 142 Bonchek Lecture Hall

Ferne Pearlstein, a graduate of Stanford University’s Master’s Program in Documentary Film, is a...

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November 12
event 11/12/2018

Religion Law and Politics in South Asia Speakers Series -...

Life Science 142 Bonchek Lecture Hall

Anupama Rao is an Associate Professor of History at Barnard College Islam, Buddhism, 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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Story 4/23/2018

Professor Aronowicz: Always Sought Connection With Students...

For Annette Aronowicz, retiring this year as the Robert F. and Patricia G. Ross Weis Professor of Judaic Studies, her instruction and research at Franklin & Marshall College explored religious...

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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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