Spring 2016 Courses

John Kerry on Religion

Secretary of State John Kerry

Secretary of State John Kerry: “I often say that if I headed back to college today, I would major in comparative religions rather than political science. That is because religious actors and institutions are playing an influential role in every region of the world and on nearly every issue central to U.S. foreign policy.”


About Us

We are a diverse faculty of a dozen scholars dedicated to the academic study and teaching of religious traditions. Given the importance of religion in current events, our courses give students crucial knowledge for understanding the complexity of our world. Equally important, they also help students to develop the critical thinking skills necessary to comprehend the role that religions play in the lives of individuals, communities, and the world. In our courses, students learn about religion in its historic and contemporary dimensions through the close reading of important texts, vigorous discussion, and intensive writing. Renowned for exemplary undergraduate teaching, our department encourages students to develop academically as individuals and as part of a larger intellectual community.

 Our Religion majors and minors enjoy a wide variety of career paths upon graduation. Religion majors who graduate from The George Washington University pursue successful careers in law, medicine, and teaching. They are also equipped to pursue careers in various government agencies and NGOs, especially those focused on international affairs, given the central role that religion now plays in this discipline. The knowledge and skills that students gain through our courses enable them to engage in our increasingly globalized world with insight  and understanding. Of course, graduates of our program are well-prepared for graduate studies in Religion. Indeed, many have successfully gone on to pursue careers in the academic world or as religious professionals.

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.