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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

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...
A sign protests H.B. 2, a North Carolina law governing which restrooms transgender people can use

Do the Culture Wars Really Represent America?

April 9, 2017
  A new book argues that the country needs to reclaim the “vital c​enter” of politics.         Depending on who you’re talking to, the story of America’s founding may be told...
The Cambridge Companion to Judaism and Law

NEW PUBLICATION: The Cambridge Companion to Judaism and Law

April 7, 2017
The Cambridge Companion to Judaism and Law explores the Jewish conception of law as an essential component of the divine-human relationship from biblical to modern times, as...