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Martha G. Newman, Chair BUR 529, Mailcode A3700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-7737

Welcome to the Department of Religious Studies

The Department was established in 2007 to foster scholarly inquiry about religion. We provide a venue within the University and the community for the exploration of the historical, intellectual, social, and cultural aspects of religions and for the dissemination of knowledge about religion and religions.

We offer an undergraduate major in Religious Studies leading to a B.A. degree and a graduate program leading to M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. We also offer a Graduate Portfolio in the Study of Religion for students already pursuing graduate degrees in other departments at the University.

Our programs cultivate in students knowledge of

  • particular religious traditions,
  • the historical and cultural contexts of these traditions,
  • the thematic, theoretical and comparative dimensions of the study of religion.



A Year in Israel

The Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem picture taken by Marisa Elms
A Religious Studies Student's Study Abroad Experience

Welcome to Dr. Moin and Dr. Smith

Dr. Azfar Moin (left) and Dr. Geoffrey Smith (right) are the two newest members of the Religious Studies faculty
Dr. Moin and Dr. Smith accepted Assistant Professor positions with the Department of Religious Studies

Congratulations to Our Outstanding Undergradautes

Top: Reed McNitzky, Callie Crispin. Bottom: Catherine Tran
Three Religious Studies undergraduates receive prestigious scholarships

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