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Studying texts within historical contexts

Undergraduate Program
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Understanding different religions and cultures

Undergraduate Program
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Examining how the past shapes our future

Undergraduate Program

Degree Programs

Pursue a degree or take courses in religion, classics, Arabic, Hebrew, Greek, or Latin.

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Study Abroad

From China to Peru, choose from numerous opportunities for studying abroad.

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Triptych of the 2023 Goergen Award recipients: Whitney Gegg-Harrison, Jack Downey, and James McGrath.

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Professors of religion, writing, and biomedical engineering recognized for teaching excellence

Whitney Gegg-Harrison, Jack Downey, and James McGrath approach undergraduate teaching at Rochester in distinctive ways that resonate with their students.

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Center for Jewish Studies

Promoting research, scholarship, and education in Jewish studies through courses, publications, lectures, fellowships, intellectual collaboration, and more.

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Professor Th. Emil Homerin.

In Memory

Th. Emil Homerin (1955–2020)

The fields of religious and Islamic studies have suffered a great loss with the passing of Th. Emil Homerin in Rochester, New York, on December 26, 2020. Those who knew him personally will always remember his generosity, kindness, and insights. To this lucky group, we must also add all those who read and benefited from his sensitive and thoughtful work on Sufi poetry over the years. Taken as a whole, we will all miss his ability to convey some of the most complex and lyrical aspects of mystical thought through his brilliant translations and analyses. Th. Emil Homerin was truly one of a kind; a humanist to the very core.

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Of the 30 undergraduate students enrolled in the Department of Religion and Classics in fall 2014, 53% were female and 30% were underrepresented minorities.

Alumni Profiles

Rachel D.

Rachel Darken
BA in Religion

Meet Rachel Darken and read what motivated her to pursue a degree in religious studies as well as her advice about study abroad.

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