• <a href="/live/image/gid/82/width/650/86495_Religious_Studies_main_image.jpg" class="lw_preview_image lw_disable_preview" tabindex="-1"><picture class="lw_image lw_image86495"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/82/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86495_Religious_Studies_main_image.rev.1607650766.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/82/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86495_Religious_Studies_main_image.rev.1607650766.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/82/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86495_Religious_Studies_main_image.rev.1607650766.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/82/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86495_Religious_Studies_main_image.rev.1607650766.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/82/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86495_Religious_Studies_main_image.rev.1607650766.jpg 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/82/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86495_Religious_Studies_main_image.rev.1607650766.jpg" alt="Yes, the department hosts an annual cake-off competition! " width="720" height="690" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/82/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86495_Religious_Studies_main_image.rev.1607650766.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/82/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86495_Religious_Studies_main_image.rev.1607650766.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="3066" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a><div class="hero-split_image_caption collapsable-caption"> Yes, the department hosts an annual cake-off competition! </div>

We offer students an opportunity to explore one of the most pervasive, complex, and easily misunderstood aspects of human societies: the study of religion is a lens onto human history and culture, social grouping and grappling, gender roles and relations, and human motivations for good, ill, and everything in between. Our curriculum immerses students in the details of beliefs and practices in many different religious traditions, in historical and current theories and methods for analyzing religion, and in the self-reflective project of exploring the very frames of reference we use to understand the world around us. Our rigorous and supportive faculty work closely with each student to hone their skills in careful and critical thinking, reading, writing, and speaking, and offer ample opportunities for faculty-guided original research into pressing historical and contemporary questions. Religious studies is necessarily an interdisciplinary venture, connecting students to the many intellectual streams of a liberal arts education and preparing them for a complicated—and highly religious—world beyond college.


  • My involvement with LEAP and Mixed LC not only challenged my leadership abilities, but has also helped me grow as a student, as a mentor, and as an individual.

    Jennifer Anderson BA ’19
    Kailua Kona, Hawai‘i
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  • Lewis & Clark has changed me in a lot of ways. I am passionate about what I am learning and the professors have made me a more inquisitive and curious person.

    Brett Wilson BA ’19
    Encinitas, California
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