University of Washington

Comparative Religion

Thomson Hall Room 433
(206) 543-4835

Mosque in Cairo. Photo by Emily Wilson


Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Religion

The Comparative Religion Program is one of several interdisciplinary programs in the Jackson School of International Studies. Students completing the program requirements receive a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Religion.

The availability of a large number of courses in a broad range of religious traditions underscores the distinctive nature of the Comparative Religion curriculum at the Jackson School. Course offerings introduce students to several approaches to the study of religions, e.g., historical, textual, anthropological, philosophical, psychological, and sociological. Drawing from programs within the Jackson School as well as from other units on campus, the curriculum is highly international and trans-cultural in character.

The faculty of the Comparative Religion Program includes appointments not only in the Jackson School, but in several other units of the University (History, Sociology, Anthropology, Music, Art History, Psychology, Philosophy, Political Science, Asian Languages and Literature, Near East Languages and Civilization, and Classics). The University's Language and Literature/Civilization programs offer excellent resources for students interested in the comparative study of religion, particularly in areas represented by the various regional programs within the Jackson School of International Studies. The expertise represented on the faculty covers a wide variety of religious traditions and issues.

-James Wellman, Chair

To learn about requirements for Comparative Religion major and minor please click this link:  Contact information about curiculum advisors may be found in the right-hand margin. Students Services for Comparative Religion and for the entire Jackson School of International Studies is located on the first floor of Thomson Hall next to the elevator. You may make an appointment with a counselor by calling: 206-543-6001. 



Program Coordinator, Loryn Paxton
Thomson Hall, room 433
Seattle, WA 98195
(206) 543-4835

Graduate Advising, Paula Milligan
(206) 543-6001

Student Advising, Linda Iltis
Transfer credits from another university to UW, inquire about learning abroad programs etc
(206) 543-6001