College students often ask, why study religion? View this short film by our alumnus, Varun Soni.
A professionalization workshop organized by the Religious Students graduate students is scheduled to begin the 50th Anniversary events on All Gaucho Reunion weekend. Join us on Friday, April 25, from 2 to 4 pm in HSSB 4080, for the workshop. Presenters include Shawn Landres, Mike Burdick, Michelle Zimney, Mehnaz Sahibzada and David Machacek.
Richard Hecht recounts the creation of the Religious Studies Department at UC Santa Barbara in, “The Study of Religions in America and the Department of Religious Studies at UCSB (Pantheon 8/1).”
The article discusses the American study of religions as it has been reflected in the history of a particular university department, namely the Department of Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
We are celebrating our 50th Anniversary this year! UCSB’s Religious Studies Department was officially established on July 1, 1964, starting with a faculty of four. In celebration of this milestone, the Department will be hosting a series of intellectual and social events, including a one-day symposium In April 2014, which will bring together PhD alumni, past and present faculty, current graduate students, and the wider community to consider the intellectual history of the Department and its impact on the interdisciplinary academic study of religion. Please consider donating to the 50th Anniversary Fund to support the important work of Religious Studies graduate education.