In the Department of Religious Studies, we consider religion to be a complex, abiding and central feature of all human societies. We believe that if one is to understand a society, it is vital to study its religious writings, practices and beliefs. Religious Studies courses do not assume any religious commitment on the part of students or faculty. Rather, the courses seek to enhance students' understanding of religious traditions, the way societies have historically organized human lives and teach students how to read and think critically and engage productively with the complexities and ambiguities of human life. We offer a major and a minor in Religious Studies. We are also a major component of the interdisciplinary Judaic Studies minor.