Department of Religion and Culture

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Department of Religion and Culture


We focus on the ways religion works in human lives around the globe and investigate how factors such as geographical region, multicultural settings, and popular culture shape communities and traditions. Our faculty guides students to think critically about human relationships, value diversity, and communicate clearly, skills necessary and highly sought-after in a wide range of careers.


Sylvester Johnson

Center for Humanities Celebrates Its Official Launch

Automated drones, driverless cars, and intelligent robotics are all marvels of technological ingenuity, yet insights from the humanities are needed to understand their full impact, according to Sylvester Johnson, Virginia Tech’s assistant vice provost for the humanities.

“As advancing technologies continue to transform modern life,” Johnson said, “the consequences for humanity only heighten the overarching significance of humanities research and teaching.”

Johnson, an award-winning scholar engaged in exploring humanity in the age of intelligent machines, joined the university last year to launch a new, forward-thinking center with just that focus.

The Center for Humanities, which received official approval in May, reflects Virginia Tech’s commitment to elevating the presence and profile of humanities disciplines across the university. View more Religion and Culture stories.

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