About Religious Studies at UC Davis

The Department of Religious Studies at UC Davis has distinguished strengths in Islam, South Asian religions, Judaism, Christianity, secularism, religious ethics, and human rights; the department collaborates with Comparative Literature, Classics, History, Cultural Studies, Jewish Studies, Medieval and Early Modern Studies, and Middle East and South Asian Studies. The faculty’s research is interdisciplinary, drawing on anthropological, historical, philosophical, psychoanalytic, and literary perspectives. The conference brings together the department’s long standing commitment to undergraduate research and education and to public outreach, in keeping with UC Davis’ mission as a land-grant institution.

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Undergraduate Research at UC Davis

The faculty’s strengths in global, comparative, and interdisciplinary work are matched by our record of support for undergraduate research. Students have researched a range of subjects, including contemporary Muslim debates on organ transplants; the new popularity of neuroscience as a method for evaluating religious experience; and early modern attempts to visualize the human soul. UC Davis Religious Studies Scholars—selected RST majors—have the opportunity to present their research in various venues; five presented their original work at the National Undergraduate Conference this past year. With the Sites of Religious Practice conference, we build on this momentum to invite undergraduates from across California to join us for a weekend of collaboration and conversation.