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Learn to think, write, and speak with care about sensitive topics involving religious and cultural differences—and do it at Iowa where writing is the bedrock of what we do.

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Be part of a community of students interested in exploring religion intellectually and culturally. Tap into Iowa's writing and research infrastructure and work with faculty to publish knowledge and findings.

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"Having great professors in the Religious Studies department has been such an enriching experience. The curriculum is diverse, delving into the complexities of worldwide belief systems and deepening my understanding of other cultures and perspectives." 

- Gisell Torres

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The Department of Religious Studies mourns the loss of Dr. David Klemm

Wednesday, March 20, 2024
The department notes the passing of Professor Emeritus David Klemm.
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Osamamen Oba Eduviere publishes guest editorial, “Faith and Friends help Iowa’s African Immigrants and Refugees Build a Sense of Home”

Saturday, March 2, 2024
Guest editorial on how religious organizations in Iowa are filling in gaps in resettlement assistance.


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