Rice University Department of Religion

Department Profile

The Department of Religion at Rice University, housed with Philosophy and History within the contemplative courtyard of Rice’s beautiful new Humanities Building, is a research program dedicated to describing and analyzing all forms of religion and religious behavior— including ancient and modern Judaism and Christianity, classical Buddhism and Islam, colonial and modern Hinduism, contemporary African and African-American religions, and American religions from the Protestant churches to the New Age—with a wide variety of philosophical, historical, social-scientific, theological, and literary methods.

Our select Ph.D. program boasts significant financial support, training in specific religious traditions and methodologies, and a faculty deeply involved in scholarship of international scope while remaining attentive to the intellectual projects of their individual students.

The Department is also home to Religious Studies Review (RSR). More information about RSR may be found here.