Welcome to the School of Religion

Few fields in the humanities can claim broader relevance to today’s world than religious studies. Religions have always inspired individuals and helped shaped society and politics. They still have the power to unite or divide human communities.

Students in our interdisciplinary program explore and compare dozens of faith traditions across time and around the globe. This kind of study requires more than reading sacred scriptures. You can learn to analyze  artworks and films, build databases, or create digital reconstructions, among other techniques for interpreting religions. 

A degree in Religion can take you anywhere. Journalists, policy-makers, film makers all need to know how religion affects the lives of people around the world. Business execs must understand the religious contours of foreign markets. Politicians and lawyers must maneuver among the religious rights and of individuals and entire nations. 

Come and discover the religions of past, present, and future in our fast-changing world.

Why Study Religion?

Course Offerings

Prospective Graduate Students

Graduate Admissions

Graduate Certificate Program


Congratulations to Professor Duncan Williams for receiving the 2022 Grewemeyer Award for Religion for his book American Sutra: A Story of Faith and Freedom in the Second World War." Read more>>

Please congratulate Religion graduate student Monica Mitri on the publication of her article, “Then He Stabbed Me with a Spear”: Aggressive Sacred Images and Interreligious Polemics,” In: Method & Theory in the Study of Religion




  • USC Dornsife School of Religion
  • University of Southern California
  • 825 Bloom Walk, ACB 130
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-1481