Anthropology and Religious Studies

MajorBachelor of Arts
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Become an astute observer of the world’s religions.

The combined major in Anthropology and Religion supplements the study of the human condition with the study of religious human traditions. Allowing students to specialize in two related fields, combined majors draw on the knowledge and opportunities afforded by two academic departments and fields of study. Students in our program gain access to hands-on participation in research in both departments, and small class sizes allow for direct contact with both departments’ faculty.

In addition, the city of Indianapolis boasts a variety of local museums, service organizations, and more, providing access to internships, service learning, and research opportunities.

Program Information


The Anthropology and Religious Studies major includes courses from both disciplines that focus, descriptively, on the world’s various religions, and on the methods that professionals use to observe and describe them. Sample courses in this program include:

  • TI 250-RL – Religions of the World
  • SW 215-AN – Introductory Anthropology
  • AN 101 – Being Human
  • RL 358 – Hinduism: Past and Present
  • RL 377 – Religion, Gender, and the Goddess in Asia
  • AN 390 – Development of Anthropological Thought

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The professors helped mold me into the strong, resilient student and researcher that I am today.

“If it wasn’t for the love and compassion that lies within the History, Anthropology, and Classics Department, I wouldn’t have made it as far along in my education experience as I did. The professors helped mold me into the strong, resilient student and researcher that I am today.”

Sophia Harris ’20

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Meet Your Faculty

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Sholeh Shahrokhi
Professor – Anthropology
Department of History, Anthropology and Classics
Sholeh Shahrokhi is a Professor in Anthropology in the Department of History, Anthropology, and Classics, at the college of LAS at Butler University.Dr. Shahrokhi received her Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley in…
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James McGrath
Professor – Religion
Department of Philosophy and Religion
James F. McGrath is Clarence L. Goodwin Chair in New Testament Language and Literature. His PhD from the University of Durham became the basis for his first book, John’s Apologetic Christology, published by Cambridge University Press in the SNTS…
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Tom Mould
Professor – Anthropology
Department of History, Anthropology and Classics
Tom Mould is a folklorist and anthropologist studying folklore, narrative, language and culture, American Indian studies, religious and political narratives, and social justice. He is the author of 4 books and co-editor of 2 more.

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