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Religious Studies

Why Study Religion?


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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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Meet Adjunct Professor Allison Hurst

Northwestern’s Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies Allison Hurst discusses her course, her fascination with the Hebrew Bible and how teaching has impacted her life. The Harvard University Ph.D. candidate reflects on her experience as she is now approaching the end of her course Introduction to the Hebrew Bible.    

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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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Congratulations to graduate student Ray Buckner on his Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy Entry on "Buddhism and Sexuality"
Meet Adjunct Professor Allison Hurst
2023 American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting
Congratulations to Professor Christine Helmer for releasing a new book, titled Ordinary Faith in Polarized Times: Justification and the Pursuit of Justice
Meet Associate Professor James Bielo of the Department of Religious Studies

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