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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.

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Christine Hayes Latest Book Wins Multiple Prizes

February 20, 2017
Christine Hayes, the Robert F. and Patricia R. Weis Professor of Religious Studies in Classical Judaica and the Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of Religious...
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Professor Carlos Eire Secures Two PROSE Awards

February 2, 2017
Carlos Eire’s new book Reformations: The Early Modern World, 1450-1650 received two awards from the American Publishers Association: The R. R. Hawkins Award, the top...

Muslim Americans Speak of Escalating Worries

November 18, 2016
Muslim Americans, already alarmed by the election of Donald J. Trump, said Friday that Mr. Trump’s choices for crucial posts heightened their fears of discrimination,...