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Department of Religious Studies

The academic study of religion at the College of Charleston is an integral part of the liberal arts. The department's curriculum provides students with an understanding of diverse religious traditions, an exposure to a variety of approaches employed within the academic study of religion as well as an opportunity to explore different intellectual, social-theoretical and ethical issues that arise when one considers the varying roles of religion in human life. Our courses do not aim to promote or undermine any particular religion or worldview; the academic study of religion seeks to examine religion from outside the framework of any particular worldview or belief system.

Message from the Chair

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Zeff Bjerken
Department Chair
Welcome to the Department of Religious Studies. We invite you to explore this website to find out more about our faculty, our courses and some of the contexts in which religion is studied at the College of Charleston. 
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Department Statements Regarding Recent Events

  • The Department of Religious Studies endorses the statement issued by the Board of the Directors of the American Academy of Religion regarding the events in Charlottesville, VA on August 11-12, 2017. Read the statement here.
  • Read the Department of Religious Studies Statement on the Muslim Ban here.