About the Program

Religious studies is an academic discipline that looks at religious phenomena worldwide from a variety of angles in order to achieve an understanding of the many roles that religion plays in human life.

Students of religion use different methods for different goals. These include historical methods to understand how religions change in time; critical literary methods to understand religious ideas; aesthetic methods to understand religious art; social-scientific methods to understand the relationship between religion and society and culture. Some ways of studying religion emphasize understanding religions on their own terms, other ways use comparative methods to discern differences and similarities between religions. Above all, the field of religious studies assumes a willingness to learn different ways of thinking and interpreting human life.

Director/PhD Minor Advisor: Prof. Jordan Rosenblum
1404 Sterling, 475 N. Charter Street, Madison, WI 53706
Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday 1-2pm

Associate Director/Undergraduate Advisor: Dr. Corrie Norman
7139 Social Sciences Bldg., 1180 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI 53706
Office Hours: Wednesday 1:30-3:30, Thursday 2:30-3:30

Between May 15, 2017-June 15, 2017, please contact RS Program Manager Bernadette Witzack. Email: bernadette.witzack at wisc.edu

Religious Studies Undergraduate Advising Hours with Dr. Norman: (This schedule is for during the academic year) Wednesday 1:30 - 3:30, Thursday 2:30-3:30

Senior Auditor Policy and Instructions. RS does not provide audit forms. Please obtain audit forms online at http://continuingstudies.wisc.edu/advising/enroll-guest.htm. If a class is not displaying as full online, auditors should attend the first class to ask for the instructor’s written permission to audit. Please bring your audit permission form to the class. We do not give audit permission prior to the first class. Once you have a completed audit permission form, signed by the course instructor, bring it to 7137 Social Science. Leave it in the door file if the RS Program Manager is not present. We will give you electronic “class permission” for you to enroll online. Try to enroll online a few days after you turn in the form. Permission forms cannot be completed prior to the first week of classes. Please do not contact the instructor via email ahead of time.  Please note the deadlines for auditor enrollment. 

The Religious Studies Program operates according to its Governing Code

Note the terms of our Policy for Sponsoring Visiting Lecturers  (PDF)