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If you crave personalized attention in a flexible, interdisciplinary program supported by all the resources of a top research university, the Department of Religious Studies may be the best fit for you.

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Upcoming Events

The Evolution of the Papacy: Modernity, Media, and Mission, October 16-17th, 2015
October 16, 20151:30 PM - 7:00 PM

The Evolution of the Papacy: Modernity, Media, and Mission
October 17, 20159:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Lutherpalooza, featuring Michael Massing, with Dean Bell, Molly Worthen, and Paul Hinlicky
November 8, 20158:30 AM - 7:45 PM

The Theological Origins of America's Culture Wars
November 9, 201512:00 PM - 2:00 PM

African American Religions, 1500-2000, Colonialism, Democracy, and Freedom
November 11, 20153:30 PM - 5:30 PM


The Department of Religious Studies at Northwestern University is a diverse community of scholars, comprising outstanding professors, graduate students and undergraduate majors and minors, who study the history, texts and lived religious practices that have shaped our world. Home to 14 full time faculty and numerous other visiting faculty and joint appointments, the department is known for its breadth, interdisciplinary emphasis, excellence in teaching and award winning faculty scholarship.

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August 25, 2015