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The Yale Department of Religious Studies, established in its present form in 1963, is one of the leading scholarly communities dedicated to the study of religion. Our faculty research religions from around the world in an effort to understand the role of religions as social movements, textual traditions, sensory cultures, and arbiters of value.

The Yale Department of Religious Studies maintains strong ties to a number of other departments in Yale College and the Yale Graduate School. Faculty and students in Religious Studies programs are able to take advantage of Yale’s rich resources, including six major research libraries. One of the world’s finest libraries for the study of religion is located at the Yale Divinity School. The Divinity School and the Department of Religious Studies share some faculty, and have strong ties, but are distinct entities with different students and separate degree programs.

News

New Doctoral Field in Religion and Modernity

June 12, 2017
The Department of Religious Studies announces the creation of a new doctoral field in Religion and Modernity. The field brings together faculty and students in Religious...
Bronze token of Sing Sing Prison, Five. 1916. Yale University Art Gallery

Evelyn Hilbrich Davis wins Wrexham Prize

May 30, 2017
We are overjoyed to announce that the Wrexham Prize “for the best Senior essay in the field of the humanities” was awarded Monday, May 22, 2017 to Evelyn Hilbrich Davis.  ...
Charlie Rose Interviewing Philip Gorski

On "Charlie Rose," A Conversation With Philip Gorski

April 12, 2017
On “Charlie Rose,” a conversation with Philip Gorski.  He is professor of sociology and religious studies at Yale University. His new book is called “American Covenant: A...