In keeping with the Wabash mission, the Religion Department promotes the academic study of religion as part of a rich, well-rounded liberal arts education. Learning how people have understood and practiced religion throughout history is not only important for understanding our world, but also intellectually exciting and personally enriching. We encourage broad and rigorous critical thinking about, and engagement with, religion and theology.
We invite students to study everything from ancient texts to contemporary issues, from religious traditions they know well to those that are new to them. Our courses are intended for all students, including believers, skeptics, and seekers of all kinds. They typically challenge and complicate students’ religious beliefs, while at the same time giving students the tools to broaden and deepen their beliefs — thus preparing them for success in graduate school, in religious vocations, as teachers of religion, and in all career options open to liberal arts graduates.