University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Religion

Religion: Shaping society since the beginning of time

The study of religion at UVM is a crucial part of the wider study of human cultures, global affairs, and personal identities; it is not tied to previous religious training or present religious affiliation. Religious study is the investigation of the myths, rituals, ethical systems, and social formations that human beings have created in response to what they perceive to be powers beyond the human. War and peace, states and revolutions, laws and communities have been shaped by religious aspirations and commitments. Discover the study of religion at UVM.

Religion courses that reflect faculty expertise:

  • Buddhism
  • Judaism
  • Hinduism
  • Islam
  • Christianity
  • African Religions
  • religion in America
  • religions of China
  • religions of Japan
  • theories of religion & methodology

Our faculty's methodological approaches include comparative study, feminist theory, cognitive science, philosophical inquiry, social theory, and historical analysis.



Religion Department Outstanding Senior Major Award

This year the Department’s Outstanding Senior Major Award was presented to two graduating students, Gina Blacutt and Andrew McCue.

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Religion in the News


Praying to Netflix Gods

Why do we binge-watch shows on Netflix? Erica Andrus, a UVM religion scholar, says TV shows provide more than just entertainment – they help satisfy a primal urge for spiritual meaning.

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