Religious Studies

Religious Studies is an academic field in which beliefs and practices are studied from a variety of disciplinary approaches such as anthropology, history, sociology, literary studies and international relations.

In Religious Studies different aspects of religion are studied, such as their historical developments, their myths, religious texts, spirituality, their social and political organizations, rituals, art, meditation, and festivals.

The Department of Religious Studies offers expert guidance in the study of the aspects in religions ranging from the religions of small scale societies, Hinduism, Buddhism, religions of East Asia, Judaism, Christianity, Islam and New Religious Movements.

The programs offered by the Religious Studies Department are designed to prepare students for a wide range of career paths by developing abilities that are highly sought after in all professions, such as critical thinking and problem-solving and effective oral and written communication.

For more information, explore the Department of Religious Studies in the undergraduate catalog or contact Department Representative Karen Perniciaro.

       Department Chair

Joseph Stimpfl

Joseph Stimpfl, PhD
Associate Professor
(314) 246-7734 

Department Representative


Karen Perniciaro
(314) 968-7135