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Research & Scholarship

Faculty members of the Religious Studies Department are active in research projects and contribute to the larger scholarly endeavor by publishing books and articles, delivering papers at professional meetings and traveling nationally and internationally to present their work in various venues.

An increasing number of religious studies majors also have published their work in academic journals and delivered papers at professional academic meetings.

In recent years, a number of religious studies majors have undertaken summer research in association with departmental faculty members on a variety of topics. Their work has been supported financially and logistically by Davidson programs such the Davidson Research Initiative and the Dean Rusk Program for International Studies as well as by agencies such as ASIANetwork and the Freeman Foundation. Some of these students have stayed on the Davidson campus to work in our library. Others have traveled as far as India, China, Thailand and Malaysia.

All religious studies majors write a senior thesis in the fall semester of their senior year. At the same time, all majors also participate in the departmental Senior Colloquium (REL 401) in which they discuss their thesis research with each other.

The department annually awards the Samuel Maloney Prize in Religion to what it considers the best student paper on a topic in religious studies submitted for consideration that year.