Religious and Ethical Studies Program

Contact Information:

Shannon Grimes
216 Joyner
Phone: (919) 760-8749
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Religious and Ethical Studies class

Part of the Department of History, Political Science, Religious & Ethical Studies and Sociology, the religious and ethical studies program offers students an informed look at the world, its rich and varied religious traditions, and its ethical and cultural perspectives—from ancient times to popular culture. The faculty specialize in a wide range of fields in textual, historical and cultural approaches to Religious Studies, Ethical Theory and Applied Ethics.

The study of religion and ethics prepares students to live in our ever-changing world where multiple religious and ethical commitments both inform and challenge our understandings of how people inhabit, experience and ultimately shape the world we all share.

Religious and Ethical Studies Lectures

Mary Frances Preston Lecture in Biblical Studies brings to campus prominent speakers in biblical interpretation, with the goal of helping students, faculty, and staff discuss the intersection of faith and scholarship.

The Mercer-Kesler Lecture allows scholars in the areas of visual arts, architecture and religion are invited to speak on their fields.

The Mary Stowe Gullick Lecture addresses ethical religious concerns from many facets of society.


  • Ethics and the Public Interest
  • Religion