The Department of Religion

The Department of Religion in GW's Columbian College of Arts and Sciences is dedicated to the exploration of the worlds religions in historical, cultural, and contemporary contexts. Founded in 1947 on the premise that understanding religion is necessary to education, the department helps students gain a holistic view of religion that combines scholarly and religious ideals in a comprehensive understanding of faith.

The Religion Department at GW offers individualized attention to the particular interests of its students. Religious traditions have had a major role in shaping the history of civilization and the analysis and synthesis of religious phenomena contribute to the understanding of human culture. Many students that are not preparing for careers that specifically involve religion still gain the strong liberal arts foundation they need to pursue careers in such fields as law, business, and medicine.

Meet the Chair

Robert Eisen

Robert Eisen has focused his research on medieval and modern Jewish philosophy, biblical interpretation, religious ethics, and comparative religion. He is the author of three books, including The Peace and Violence of Judaism: From the Bible to Modern Zionism.