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Department of Religious Studies

Explore worldwide religion and religious traditions.

Religious studies is an increasingly relevant field in today's complex, globalizing world. Just ask Secretary of State John Kerry, who in August 2013 inaugurated the State Department's Office of Faith-Based Community Initiatives by saying:

"In fact, if I went back to college to day, I think I would probably major in comparative religion because that's how integrated [religion] is in everything that we are working on and deciding and thinking about in life today."

Read more about it here.

The Religious Studies program at the University of Denver invites students to explore the phenomenon of religion as well as religious traditions from around the world, with programs at the undergraduate and graduate level. World-class faculty and small class sizes make for a unique learning opportunity.

Our B.A. and M.A. programs help students qualify for doctoral programs, and along with our Joint Ph.D. program help students qualify to teach religious studies courses in colleges and high schools, and bring cultural and cross-cultural analytical tools to careers in business, human resources, social work, government, non-profits, and journalism. Course offerings and faculty appointments reflect the department's commitment to providing a balance of various traditions, methods, and theoretical approaches.

We welcome your interest - please visit the various pages of our website to learn more, and contact us for more information.



Sesquicentennial Speaker Series: Colorado's Diverse Religious Legacy, 1864-2014

To mark the sesquicentennial of the founding of the University of Denver, the Department of Religious Studies and the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life are hosting "Colorado's Diverse Religious Legacy, 1864-2014", which will take place from January through APril 2014.

This six-part speaker series will investigate six aspects of Colorado's spiritual and religious legacies, past and present, as well as the specific religious legacy of the University of Denver. It offers University students, faculty and staff, as well as interested community members, the opportunity to experience a variety of scholarly perspectives and learn from current research on the various aspects of Colorado's religious and spiritual legacies, particularly as they relate to the founding of the University of Denver in 1864 and its further evolution in 2014.


To register for events in this speaker series, please click here


Please join us for our final two events in this series:

"America's Pastor: Billy Graham, the Shaping of a Nation, and the Colorado Connection"

Talk by Grant Wacker, Professor of Christian History, Duke University Divinity School

Thursday, April 10, 7pm, AAC Event Space (Rm 290)


"Muslims in Colorado: Past and Present"

Talk by Nabil Echchaibi, Assistant Professor, Center for Media, Religion, and Culture, University of Colorado - Boulder

Monday, April 21, 7pm, AAC Event Space (Rm 290)

Talk co-sponsored by the Center for Judaic Studies


This speaker series is made possible by the generous support of the Office of the Provost and its Sesquicentennial Fund.