Department of Religious Studies


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. As a liberal arts institution, the College of Charleston seeks to educate students in critical thinking, multicultural perspectives, aesthetic sensitivity, and broad factual knowledge. The Religious Studies major is a particularly effective and rewarding way of achieving this kind of education and making the college experience a life-long influence. The study of religion is an important part of understanding the world in all its diversity. By acquainting yourself with religious traditions from around the world and throughout history, you gain a greater understanding of the world by sympathetically grasping their force in culture. Religion is the key to understanding other cultures and important historical events in many circumstances. Click here to read more from the chair.

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The American Academy of Religion-Southeast Conference 2024



The president and vice president of the American Academy of Religion-Southeast (AAR-SE) region, Drs. Lenny Lowe, Brennan Keegan, and the entire RELS department are excited to host the AAR-SE annual conference here at the College on March 1-4, 2024. Scholars of religion from peer institutions all across the Southeast will converge on Charleston and our campus for a weekend of dynamic programming featuring paper panels, films, and invited speakers centered around the theme "Tensions." In collaboration with local institutions such as the International African American Museum, this symposium will showcase the richness and complexity of religion in the Low Country and provide a platform for intellectual exchange. The conference will also highlight our distinguished department's academic vibrancy and productivity. More information can be found at the website

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