Department of Religious Studies

RELS in the News

The Charleston Interreligious Council's fifth annual "Food and Faith" Panel Discussion took on a different look in 2021. Like with most events, this year's gathering was held virtually via Zoom, and there weren't any delicious foods to share with the participants. But as done in the previous four meetings, RELS and Jewsih Studies co-sponsored. Dr. Seigler moderated. And people of different faiths shared how they keep traditions alive in the new age of Covid19. Proving once again that humans have way more in common than they do differences. For the recording click here.


Check out the article featuring RELS majors A.J. Williamson and Allen Duggar in The Post and Courrier Dec. 26, 2020. They were also featured in The College Today.

When Dr. Cressler planned the final assignment for his Religion in America (RELS 250) class spring 2020, little did he know that Covid19 would change the assignment that meant to be the Religious Studies’ contribution to the 250th anniversary of the College’s founding. What was a class-wide project morphed into a two-person, two semester investigation by Religious Studies Honors students, A.J. Williamson and Allen Duggar funded in part by the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Religious Studies Foundation. (for more click here)


Our Department’s Commitment to Anti-Racism and Social Justice

We, the Religious Studies department of the College of Charleston, share in the grief and outrage so many have experienced over the past few weeks in the face of the deaths of yet more Black people at the hands of police and vigilantes. Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks. We say their names. And we could add so many more, including those from our very own “Holy City” of Charleston. Walter Scott, Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Rev. Sharonda Singleton, Myra Thompson, Tywanza Sanders, Ethel Lee Lance, Cynthia Hurd, Rev. Daniel L. Simmons Sr., Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor, Susie Jackson. We say their names. Their lives mattered. Click here for the full statement.

Message from Faculty and Staff of the Department of Religious Studies: 

Best wishes to our RELS family during these challenging times. While we are physically distant, please don’t be socially isolated. Stay connected with your classmates, reach out to your professors, and don’t hesitate to let us know if we can be of any assistance. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram. We are resilient. @CofC #CougarNation #StudyReligiously

How Does Studying Religious Studies at The College of Charleston Enhance Students' Experience in the Classroom?

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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