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The study of religion offers opportunities to learn how human thought, ceremonies, literature, architecture, art, community, and politics are woven into a cultural fabric. The department’s approach to this elaborate weave is fundamentally interdisciplinary. Faculty members are trained in the history, sociology, textual interpretation, and philosophy of religion. The department encourages comparative and cross-cultural studies of Asia, the Middle East, Africa, the Americas, and Europe. Juniors are encouraged to study abroad. Options include the major and a correlate sequence. A senior thesis is not required.