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Religious Studies

Why Study Religion?


International and Interdisciplinary Scholarship

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Religion shapes, and is shaped by, every other dimension of human society. It is impossible to fully understand politics, law, history, or science without understanding religion. We invite you to learn more about the most interdisciplinary field in the university: Religious Studies.

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Northwestern Alumnus Jeffrey Wheatley Explores American Fanaticism and Game Design

Religious studies alumnus Dr. Jeffrey Wheatley talks about his latest book manuscript, his time at Northwestern and his involvement in the creation of a game design major at Iowa State University. 

Dr. Wheatley (Ph.D. '20) said he is now undertaking a different path that has proven to be challenging yet revitalizing. Click here to read more about Wheatley's work on the intersection of religion and game design as well as his book exploring American fanaticism in the 19th century United States.  

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Alumna Adina Goldman had a path that led her from pre-med to English literature and biological anthropology and then to religious studies and music.

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Professor Buckelew's Book Colloquium on 'Buddhist Masculinities'
Click below to read more about Professor Buckelew's book "Buddhist Masculinities" and colloquium with Professor Sarah Jacoby and Ph.D. candidate Ray Buckner. 


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Spotlight: first-year graduate students
Professor KB Dennis Meade has received a grant from the Crossroads Community Stories Fellows Project!
Congratulations Dr. Levy!
Faculty colloquium advances discourse on 'Buddhist Masculinities'
Ph. D. candidate Nisheeta Jagtiani receives SARF fellowship grant

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