Welcome

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.

The Department is committed to providing a safe, respectful, and supportive environment for all of its students, faculty, and staff. Nothing is more important to the quality of intellectual community we share. The Department takes concerns about misconduct and other forms of discrimination very seriously, and the University maintains a number of resources to address questions concerning them:

            Sexual Misconduct Response at Yale
            Office of the Provost-Title IX
            Office for Equal Opportunity Programs

News

The Life of Saint Teresa of Avila A Biography

New Publication: The Life of Saint Teresa of Avila A Biography

June 19, 2019
The Life of Saint Teresa of Avila is among the most remarkable accounts ever written of the human encounter with the divine. The Life is not really an autobiography at all,...
Annie Norman-Schiff

Annie Norman-Schiff Wins 1st Place in 3-Minute Thesis Competition

April 7, 2019
Congratulations to Annie Norman-Schiff, winner of the audience choice award for humanities AND the overall award in the 2019 3-Minute Thesis Competition at Yale!  3-Minute...
Laura Nasrallah

Laura Nasrallah to Join RLST & YDS Faculty asBuckingham Professor of New Testament Criticism and Interpretation

February 22, 2019
  We are happy to announce that Laura Nasrallah, world-renowned scholar of New Testament and early Christian literature, will be joining us at Yale in a joint position...