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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." 

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Tucker Gregor awarded graduate assistantship

Wednesday, June 26, 2024
Tucker Gregor, PhD student in the Department of Religious Studies, will assist with editing the Journal of Religious Ethics (JRE), an international scholarly journal co-edited by professor Diana Fritz Cates. “I am invested in religious ethics scholarship, and I have benefitted intellectually from working on the JRE because of the many opportunities to read and engage with scholarship as it is produced,” Gregor said.
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Congratulations to our 2024 E.P. Adler Award Recipients

Wednesday, May 15, 2024
This article recognizes our 2024 student award winners.


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