University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Religion

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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.

Outstanding students of religion:

Gina BlacuttAndrew McCue

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

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Learn about other outstanding students of religion.

Religion In The News


The Challenges Facing Contemporary Tibetan Artists

Unlike in Western art, where innovation and creativity have been the guiding points for striving artists, Tibetans traditionally value copying and sameness, and innovation is seen as deviation. This proves challenging for contemporary Tibetan artists who wish to find self-expression in their artistic work. This talk will cover the ...

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