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


Reformations: The Early Modern World

Carlos Eire wins Jaroslav Pelikan Prize

October 31, 2018
Carlos Eire has been awarded the Jaroslave Pelikan Prize by the Yale University Press for his book Reformations: The Early Modern World 1450-1650. This prize is awarded by...
"Sefer Hasidim" and the Ashkenazic Book in Medieval Europe

New Publication: "Sefer Hasidim"

June 8, 2018
Composed in Germany in the early thirteenth century by Judah ben Samuel he-hasid, Sefer Hasidim, or “Book of the Pietists,” is a compendium of religious instruction that...
Jewish Materialism: The Intellectual Revolution of the 1870s

New Publication: Jewish Materialism

March 20, 2018
A paradigm-shifting account of the modern Jewish experience, from one of the most creative young historians of his generation To understand the organizing framework of modern...