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, multi-cultural 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, by sympathetically grasping their force in culture, you gain a greater understanding of the world. In many circumstances, religion is the key to understanding other cultures and important historical events. Click here to read more from the chair.

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We Are Hiring!

The Department of Religious Studies at the College of Charleston invites applications for a full-time Visiting Assistant Professor line in the field of African American religions to begin August 2023. We seek a candidate with a Ph.D. degree in Religious Studies or a related discipline with expertise in African American religions and/or religions of the African Diaspora, who will help grow our program in Religious Studies but also contribute to the College's program in African American Studies. The successful candidate will teach courses on African American religions, religions in America, and introductory comparative courses, as well as more specialized and advanced courses in their particular area of study.  Candidates should be familiar with theoretical issues in the study of religion, race, and ethnicity; competence in teaching about Islam is highly desirable. A Ph.D. by August 2023 in a relevant disciplinary field is required.

Visiting faculty in the Religious Studies Department teach a 4/4 load, usually with two preps each semester. Visiting positions at the College of Charleston carry annual appointments and are subject to renewal based on need and performance. Faculty in religious studies often contribute to the College’s First-Year Experience program and may also choose to teach in the Honors College and/or develop Study Abroad or Away courses.

Apply at HTTPS://JOBS.COFC.EDU by March 18, 2023.  Submit online: cover letter, CV, graduate transcripts, a short writing sample, evidence of teaching effectiveness (including teaching evaluations and syllabi), and contact information for two academic referees who will submit letters of recommendation online. Questions regarding the position can be directed to Zeff Bjerken, search committee chair, at Screening begins immediately and continues until the position is filled. Preliminary interviews will be held via zoom in late March. The College of Charleston is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any individual or group on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, race, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, genetic information, or disability.     

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