shapes societies, drives politics, lingers in our landscapes, sets our calendar, influences our laws...

Religion students strive to understand human realities, beliefs, and the universal quest for truth, meaning, and moral direction.  We study people of past and present from the perspectives of politics, history, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, visual culture, and literary studies—among others. We examine an endless range of religious traditions and practices.

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Studying Religion

Why study religion?

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Introduction to Islam: Professor Sherman Jackson

Sherman Jackson, the King Faisal Chair in Islamic Thought and Culture and Professor of Religion and American Studies and Ethnicity teaches a GE course, Introduction to Islam.

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60-Second Seminars: Lynn Swartz Dodd

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Arc Smart

ARCSmart is a standards-based curriculum enrichment program that provides students hands-on access to ancient artifacts and exercises and reinforces their problem-solving skills and…

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Archaeology Research

Undergraduate students work with Professor Lynn Dodd on photographing ancient Indian artifacts for preservation.

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"Religion continues to shape economic and social policies around the world." Journalist, Mike O'Sullivan, USC Religion '81.
  • USC Dornsife School of Religion
  • University of Southern California
  • 825 Bloom Walk, ACB 130
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-1481