Studies in Religion

People live and die in the name of religion. What could be more important to study as an undergraduate? The interdisciplinary Studies in Religion Program brings together faculty and students who are interested in the study of religious ideas, behaviors, values, rituals, texts, institutions, and communities.


The program is taught and advised mostly by faculty from the following departments: Accounting, Africana Studies, American Studies, Art, Anthropology, Classics, English, History, Judaic Studies, Modern Languages and Literatures, Philosophy, Political Science, Puerto Rican and Latino Studies, and Sociology. It features classes on major world religions, such as Islam or Daoism, as well as classes on age-old religious movements that are less widely studied, such as Zoroastrianism or Syriac Christianity.

The program is not only for those interested in the theology or rituals of a particular faith; it is also for those interested in how religions have contributed to and complicated the politics, cultures, ethics, literatures, histories, questions, and societies of the world of the past and of today. The faculty teach topics in religion in a variety of different ways, including historical, ethnographic, philosophical, textual, ethical, journalistic, psychological, artistic, and sociological approaches. The wide, comparative, and interdisciplinary perspective of the program allows you to understand religious histories, conflicts, and perspectives; helps you to develop your skills as a reader, writer, researcher, and thinker; and inspires you to deepen your understanding of what it has meant (and still means) to be human.

Why Universities—and the Rest of Us—Need Religion Studies

“If we let universities strip away their commitments to religious diversity, we are actually making our communities less safe.”

LAMEM Fall 2022 Colloquia

LAMEM Fall 2022 Colloquia

The Late Antique-Medieval-Early Modern Faculty Working Group at Brooklyn College presents their spring 2023 colloquia:

  • Wednesday, September 7: Free Choice and Reason: On Boethius’ Consolation of Philosophy
  • Thursday, October 13: Despotics: Elite Slavery, Domination, and Classical Literature as Archive of Slavery
  • Wednesday, October 26: Poetry, Piety, and the Islamic Self in the Medieval Persian World
  • Thursday, November 10: On the Nature of Grace and the Grace of Nature: Mystical and Philosophical Theology in the German Dominican School
  • Wednesday, December 7: So Tender and Round: Race and Sensation in Medieval Religious Allegory

Events will be held on Zoom and in-person. Students and faculty are welcome.

Contact Information

Program Coordinator: Andrew Arlig

3311 Boylan Hall
P: 718.951.5000, ext. 3228

Twitter: @bc_relg
Facebook: @BCStudiesinReligion
Instagram: @brooklynstudiesinreligion

Brooklyn. All in.