Religion and culture courses give you a global perspective. We examine the human side of religious and cultural practices throughout history and into modern times.

5 Number of Continents Studied
1 Only Religion and Culture Department in the U.S.
22 Average Upper-level Class Size
26 Number of Books Authored by Faculty
What Is a Degree in Religion and Culture?

As an interdisiplinary department, our students gain experience using multiple methodologies by working with our faculty who specialize in fields as diverse as linguistic and cultural anthropology, literature, religious studies, history, ethnomusicology, communication, musicology, and cultural studies.

Why Study Religion and Culture Here?

As the only Department of Religion and Culture in the nation, we are able to offer a unique perspective on the role religion plays all across the world.  We offer opportunities to participate in undergraduate research, get real-world experience through internships, and engage with global culture while studying abroad.

What Our Students Are Saying

"Religion and culture will not only give you a deep, abiding connection to the world’s great intellectual and moral traditions but will give you the intellectual skills you need to deal with an evermore interconnected, complex world by linking these traditions to their historical, philosophical, cultural and political contexts."

David Grant, '09

"My double majors, religion and culture and biology, are each, in their own unique way, preparing me for a career in medicine.  As an aspiring physician, the courses in Religion and Culture show me not only the many facets of both religion and culture, but are teaching me how to best communicate to the public."

Caitlin Van Wicklin, '17
Strong Community

Student Organization

Join our chapter of Theta Alpha Kappa Honor Society. Established in 1976 to recognize excellence in students of religion and theology, membership provides students with a variety of opportunities including scholarships and publication.

Tea Time Presentation with Mathew
Interested in learning religious studies from a global perspective and examine the human side of religious and cultural practices throughout history and into modern times?

Prospective Students, please call Monica Kimbrell at 540-231-7602 or email:

Current students for academic support and advising, please call  Brian Britt at 540-231-6551 or email:

Visit our office at 115 Lane Hall, 280 Alumni Mall, Blacksburg, VA 24061 

Contact Us

Brian Britt
Director of Undergraduate Studies
112 Lane Hall,
280 Alumni Mall,
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Monica Kimbrell
 Assistant Dean
232 Wallace Hall, 
295 West Campus Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061 

Amanda Villar
Undergraduate Academic Advisor
115 Lane Hall,
280 Alumni Mall,
Blacksburg, VA 24061


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