Philosophy Department

Religion and Cultural Studies, B.A.

Religion is a pervasive, powerful, multifaceted, and enduring dimension of human experience. Religions and religious phenomena have shaped complex cultures and countless individual lives. They are influential in the world today and will continue to be so in the future. The academic study of religion is multidisciplinary, drawing upon approaches from history, literary studies, philosophy, and the social sciences. It is multicultural, exploring the beliefs, practices, and developments of particular religious communities in many different cultures. The critical study of religion fosters the education of mature and responsible citizens.

Students can major in Religion and Cultural Studies. The B.A. in Religion and Cultural Studies is an interdisciplinary degree, providing graduates with the knowledge base and intellectual, communication, and interpersonal skills essential to success in any career. More specifically, knowledge of religion - and the ability to think clearly and communicate effectively about it - is valuable in fields that involve public affairs, international and cross-cultural relations, religious issues and groups, or interaction with diverse individuals and populations. While it provides insights into the role of religion in personal, group, and societal identity and conflict, studying religion does not require any particular religious background or commitment.

The Religion and Cultural Studies B.A. is also available as a Web-based Program that can be completed entirely online.

If you have more questions, contact Sabatino DiBernardo.

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Program Director

Doug Evans
  • Doug Evans
  • Program Director of Religion and Cultural Studies

Research Interests:
History, Humanities, religion studies, cultural studies in historical contexts, social anthropology

Related Faculty

Sabatino DiBernardo

Research Interests: Pyrrhonian Skepticism; Philosophy of Religion; Deconstruction; Philosophy, Religion and Popular Culture

Doug Evans
  • Doug Evans
  • Program Director of Religion and Cultural Studies

Research Interests:
History, Humanities, religion studies, cultural studies in historical contexts, social anthropology

Christy Flanagan-Feddon

Research Interests: Feuerbach, Philosophy of Religion, Religion and Culture, Ethics, Christian Tradition, 19th-20th Century Continental Philosophy, Theory and Method in the Study of Religion

Ann Gleig

Research Interests: Asian religions, Asian religions in America, Religion and Psychoanalysis

Claudia Schippert

Research Interests: Queer Theory; Feminist Theories; American Cultural Studies; Religions in America; Ethics and Social Change.

Nicholas Shrubsole

Research Interests: The rights of Indigenous Peoples; Contemporary Indigenous Religious Traditions and Philosophy; Religious Freedom; Religion and the law; Religion and politics; Religion in Canada; Secularization

Michael Strawser

Research Interests: Kierkegaard, Spinoza, Continental Philosophy (Modern & Contemporary), Ethics, Philosophy of Love, Philosophy of Religion

Jeanine Viau

Research Interests: Catholicism in America, gender and sexual ethics, feminist theology, queer studies in religion, social scientific methodologies in the study of religion 

Philosophy Department • College of Arts & Humanities at the University of Central Florida
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