Religion, Literature, and the Arts

In most literary cultures around the world, religious perspectives have often been very influential, and the relationship between religion and literary, artistic, and musical expression often gives formal (or official) expression to a religious community’s understanding of itself and its faith. Examples include icons, hymns, homilies, and the lives of founding figures such as the Buddha.

Religion, Literature, and the Arts is an interdisciplinary program that offers students the chance to explore topics in Art History; Visual Arts and Theory; Asian Studies; Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies; Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies; English; First Nations; French, Hispanic and Italian Studies; and Theatre, Film and Creative Writing.

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You must meet in person with either the Chair of the Religion, Literature, and the Arts program or one of the advisors to design your course of study. Admission to the major or minor requires an application due by mid-September of the current year you wish to enter the program.

If you have any questions regarding applications, please contact the Religion, Literature, and the Arts program office.


Andy Resto: Taking a Broader Perspective

Andy Resto is a fifth-year Religion, Literature and the Arts (RLGA) student with a Russian minor. Currently in his final year of studies, Andy enjoys the degree for its interdisciplinary nature and the ability to combine his interest in multiple fields.

Dr. Paul Mosca: Experiencing Religion the Modern Way

Some people say religion makes you narrow-minded. Whether they’re right or wrong, Professor Paul Mosca believes that when it comes to understanding expressions of religious thought, it’s often the university experience that is limiting to students.


Religion, Literature and the Arts Program
Mary Bollert Hall
6253 North West Marine Drive