"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.


Dr. Candida Moss

The 26th Distinguished Lecture on Religion and Culture

September 27, 2018, Hendrix Theatre 7pm

“The Myth of Persecution: How persecution radicalizes and polarizes in the ancient and modern worlds.”


2019 AAR-SBL Annual SE Meeting

2019 AAR/SBL Annual SE Meeting, March 8-10

East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina

The Religious Studies Program at East Carolina University welcomes faculty, students and researchers to the Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion (SECSOR) annual meeting to be held in Spring 2019. SECSOR is co-sponsored by the American Academy of Religion (AAR) and the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL). The Religious Studies Program at East Carolina University is honored to host next 2019 meeting on our campus.  We welcome participants, friends and colleagues to the beautiful city of Greenville in North Carolina.

The deadline for submissions to the 2019 annual meeting is October 1st, 2018. All proposals must be submitted through the online submission form. Each member is limited to one proposal, although a member can indicate a second choice of sections on the submission form. All program participants must be pre-registered for the meeting and any materials for the presentations such as the copying of handouts is the responsibility of the presenter. Download the 2019 Call for Papers here.

For details about SECSOR, visit https://secsor.org/executive-board.