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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


Elijah Siegler
 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 Spotlight

The Department of Religious Studies Welcomes Professor Matthew Cressler!


Please join us in welcoming Dr. Matthew Cressler to the College. Matthew earned his Ph.D in Religious Studies from Northwestern University in 2014, and he wrote his dissertation under the guidance of Dr. Robert Orsi on "Authentically Black and Truly Catholic: African American Catholics in Chicago from Great Migrations to Black Power." He earned his Masters degree in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School, where he specialized in Religions of the Americas, and as an undergraduate he completed a double major in History and Theology from St. Bonaventure University in New York. 
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Department News

EXCITING Spring 2016 Religious Studies Courses!
Posted on 10 December 2015 | 9:00 pm
S2016brochure RELS 101.001: Approaches to Religion:  Sacred and Special Stuff Prof. Matthew Cressler   Section 001 (TR 10:50 – 12:05)    ECTR 116 When we hear the word “religion,” the first thing that probably comes to mind is belief. But when we actually … Continue reading
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Wabash Center Awards $30K to Support Religious Studies Department
Posted on 10 December 2015 | 10:39 am    
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Department Events

Check out our Summer Classes!
Spring/Summer 2016 Maymester 2016 (May 16- May 31) RELS 105-001: Introduction to World Religions Prof. Todd LeVasseur No Prerequisites Section 001 (MTWRF 1:00– 4:30) ECTR 103 This course is designed to introduce CofC students to the more popular religions (in … Continue reading
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