Department of Religion and Classics

About Us


In the Department of Religion and Classics, students explore the great, classical civilizations of West and East as well as the major religions that emerged from them.

Through the study of classical, biblical, and religious writings, either in the original language or in translation, students examine the beliefs, ideas, values, rituals, and traditions that have shaped Western and Asian cultures.

Our students also learn how the ancient roots of these religions and cultures continue to shape current events.


Our faculty includes experts in all of the world’s major religions; in Greek, Latin, Hebrew, and Arabic languages; and in Arabic, Greek, and Roman cultures. View our faculty directory.

Undergraduate Program

The department offers bachelor of arts degrees in religion and in classics, and minors in religion, classics, Arabic, Hebrew, Latin, and Greek.

Students are encouraged to participate in internships and study abroad to better appreciate the continuing impact and influence of different religions and cultures in the world around us.