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Hagar's Mirror
"Black, Gendered, and Female Bodies in Early Apocrypha, Patristic, and Medieval Literature, 200–1300 CE" Lecture by Professor Clarice Martin

Teaching Award
Chris Vecsey receives the Balmuth teaching award from Provost and Dean of the Faculty, Tracey Hucks ’87, MA’90, May 2018. READ MORE about the award
Reinbold's Book Receives Award
Seeing the Myth in Human Rights received the 2018 Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion from the American Academy of Religion. LEARN MORE about the award.
Wanda Berry and Marilyn Thie
These professors emeritae, honored on campus in 2018, profoundly changed how religion and philosophy are taught at Colgate. READ THE STORY
Christopher Ifeanyichukwu Ejizu
NEH Professor of the Humanities in the Department of Religion and Africana and Latin American Studies.
Student Profile: Alec Hufford '18
Class of '18 alumnus Alec Hufford studied marginalized religious communities across the world. FULL PROFILE
Tracey Hucks '87 and MA'90
Appointed Colgate's Provost and Dean of the Faculty, and James A. Storing Professor of Religion and Africana & Latin American Studies. Pictured with former advisors, Chris Vecsey (left) and Harvey Sindima (right).
Harvey Sindima, Jenna Reinbold and Lesleigh Cushing celebrate 2017 publications: Major Issues in Islam, Seeing the Myth in Human Rights, and The Bible in the American Short Story.
Religion Faculty
Compelling instruction and field-leading research. Meet our religion faculty.
Get to Know: Professor Cushing
Research interests include Biblical hermeneutics, the reception of the Bible, and the Bible in American life and culture. FULL PROFILE: Lesleigh Cushing
Our studies focus on gaining a greater understanding of the world’s major religious traditions. We will introduce you to the nature and expression of religiousness and challenge you to think critically about rituals, practices, and theories of religion.

About Religion

We offer the following majors and minors:
The Department of Religion at Colgate offers a program of study of major religious traditions and introduces students to the enduring questions of human life. The program challenges students to examine the nature and expression of religiousness, and to think critically about rituals, practices, and theories of religion.

Making reflective use of the full variety of liberal arts methods, the study of religion is necessarily interdisciplinary; it engages related issues in philosophy, ethics, society, spirituality, science, gender, sexuality, arts, and politics. The department offers a variety of courses regarding diverse African, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Islamic, Jewish, and Native American traditions and scriptures. Recognizing the multiple ways in which religion is embedded within human history and cultures, the department also offers focused courses on issues of historic and contemporary importance, such as religion and the environment, women, genocide, health and healing, and the relations among global peoples of faith. Courses in the Department of Religion offer training in a unique combination of skills, including close textual analysis, direct observation, critical thinking, and cross-cultural understanding.

Department Contacts

Chair: Christopher Vecsey
Administrative assistant: Darlene Curtis (
Office: 315 Lawrence Hall
Phone: 315-228-7808

Success after Colgate

Colgate alumni who majored in the department are pursuing careers in a variety of fields. Check out just a few of the possibilities out there for our majors:

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