History of Religions

History of Religions

The History of Religions program at the Department of Historical Studies explores the importance of religion in our world. It situates religion in the historical, cultural, and socio-political contexts that together constitute the story of humanity, and acknowledges how religion shapes and is shaped by this story.The program's approach involves (but is not limited to) the study of particular religious traditions, the comparative study of religion, and the study of the religious dimension of human experience and of common historical phenomena. Its subject includes ancient and indigenous religions as well as the present-day world religions.

As an academic subject, the History of Religions is intrinsically rewarding and can lead to graduate work in a variety of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. It is excellent preparation for living and working in a cosmopolitan and multiconfessional world, and provides the reading, writing, and analytical skills that are essential for success in any profession. Many graduates of programs in Religion go on to interdisciplinary careers, including but not limited to: journalism; media; filmmaking; travel; advertising; human resources; academia and other research professions; work in libraries, archives and museums; art and other creative professions; community or social work; minsterial professions; professional writing and the publishing industry; law; teaching at all levels; and politics, diplomacy, administration and government.