The Department for the Study of Religions at Wake Forest is a community of passionate scholars and students devoted to the exploration and analysis of religion as a central aspect of human culture and history. Even now, in the twenty-first century, religion continues to play a central role in virtually every aspect of human society around the world.
Our courses offer students an invigorating environment and welcoming atmosphere in which to explore the histories, texts, and practices within many of the world’s religious communities. Together, teachers and students consider how religion continues to inform and influence the cultural, political, and ethical disputes of the current moment. The study of religion is central to a liberal arts education and provides students with excellent preparation for a wide range of careers from education, medicine, law, and the arts to social work, ministry, and foreign service. In short, studying religion prepares students to more fully engage the world in all of its diversity.
In light of recent events, the department for the Study of Religions at Wake Forest University emphatically condemns the recent rally and acts of domestic terrorism in Charlottesville, Virginia perpetrated by white supremacist groups under the “Unite the Right” organizing banner. We stand in solidarity with the Department of Religious Studies at UVA and fully endorse their position. UVA Open Letter
In light of the recent U.S. Executive order on immigration, the Department for the Study of Religions at Wake Forest University fully endorses the statement of the American Academy of Religion (AAR) and the statement of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL), the foremost learned societies for scholars in religious studies.