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Describing the Study of Religion

The academic study of religion has existed since the late ninethenth-century. It was first developed in Europe by scholars who today are also considered the intellectual founders of such related fields as anthropology, sociology, and psychology.

Although the field is almost uniformly known as Religious Studies in the U.S., it is currently practiced in a variety of ways. For instance, consider visiting the following selection of different schools' self-descriptions of their programs to see the many ways in which the field is understood--being mindful of these descriptions' similarities and differences. (Links appear on each page to take you to the program's own site.)

Arizona State University

Barnard College

Drew University

Missouri State University

San Diego State University

California State University, Fullerton

University of Chicago

University of Vermont

Wesleyan University

Interested in learning more? Then consider the visiting our About Us page or any of the following links, where you'll learn more about the academic study of religion as it is practiced here at the University of Alabama:

Studying Religion: An Introduction

Religious Studies Offers Practical Knowledge for All Majors

What is the Academic Study of Religion? A Student's Perspective