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"If I went back to college today, I think I would probably major in comparative religion, because that’s how integrated it is in everything that we are working on and deciding and thinking about in life today." -- United States Secretary of State John F. Kerry

Religion at East Carolina University is studied in a nonsectarian, interdisciplinary fashion, providing students with an understanding of religion as an historical and cultural phenomenon. Our program neither excludes nor promotes any religious tradition or viewpoint. In addition to courses on specific religions, students take courses in a variety of disciplines that consider religious themes and approaches, including anthropology, archaeology, art, history, literature, philosophy, psychology and sociology.

 

Faculty Spotlight

Distinguished Lecture on Religion and Culture

Dr. Eboo Patel

The 24th Annual Distinguished Lecture on Religion and Culture Features Dr. Eboo Patel, Founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core.

The 24th Annual Distinguished Lecture Date: November 7, 2016 at 7:00pm in the Wright Auditorium

Dr. Patel holds a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford University. He has authored two books, Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America, and Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim. He is a member of President Barack Obama's inaugural Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships. He is also An American Ismaili of Gujarat Indian Heritage. He is the founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core. He has given lectures at the TED conference, Clinton Global Initiative and the Nobel Peace Prize Forum as well as college and university campuses across the country. He is also a regular contributor to the Washington Post, USA Today, NPR, and CNN. Get your tickets. For details contact johnsonj@ecu.edu or call 252-328-6378.

Co-sponsors: THCAS, Religious Studies Program, Jesse Peel Distinguished Chair in Religious Studies, Ledonia Wright Cultural Center, ECU Division of Academic Affairs, Division of Health Sciences; Division of Research, Economic Development, and Engagement; Division of Student Affairs, Office for Equity and Diversity; Student Activities Board; College of Fine Arts and Communication; and the Honors College

Student Spotlight

Kathryn Medinas

Kathryn Medinas

Kathryn Medinas was awarded the RCAW 2016 Undergraduate Student Award for her oral presentation in the area of Humanities. The title of her presentation was "From Equality to Exclusion: Women's Roles in the Early Church". This presentation was derived from her work with Professor Lee Johnson for her senior thesis project in the Honors College.

Katy is a senior, graduating in May 2016 with a Major in Multidisciplinary Studies--Religious Studies. She has been accepted into Duke Divinity School in Durham, NC in the Masters of Divinity Program to begin in the fall of 2016. She plans to pursue a track of study towards ordained ministry in the United Methodist Church.

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Dr. Mary Nyangweso
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