For students entering IWU in fall 2021 and beyond, Religious Studies is no longer available as a major or minor.
The Religion Department views religion as a significant dimension of all human cultures, past and present. The academic study of religion offers an interdisciplinary approach to the ways in which human thought, values and ceremonies, literature, architecture, art, community and politics are woven into a cultural religious fabric. Our courses explore the religious traditions of Asia, the Middle East, Africa, the Americas and Europe. We expect students to engage in critical and constructive thinking, to develop their reading, writing and speaking skills, and to expand their aesthetic awareness.