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.


YSRS Lectures

August 8, 2017
Yale Seminar in Religious Studies 17-18 Lecture Series     MONDAY, OCTOBER 16, 4:00pm-6:00pm TOMOKO MAZUSAWA (University of Michigan) 451 College Street, B-04   THURSDAY,...

Noreen Khawaja Wins Prize

July 20, 2017
Noreen Khawaja, who has been awarded the Samuel and Ronnie Heyman Prize for Oustanding Scholarly Publication or Research by an untenured faculty member for her book The...

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...