All human cultures reflect on the meaning of life through myth, symbol and abstract reflection. Studying the religions and theologies of different cultures, within a variety of historical contexts, is both an important intellectual exercise and a fascinating process that provokes many questions about the past, the present and the future.

Teaching Program

The teaching program of Religious Studies allows you to explore a wide range of religious traditions, as interpreted both in the past and in the contemporary world. You can choose from a great range of topics related to religion, spirituality, belief and non-belief.

Religious studies units at Monash explore religion in relation to colonisation, environmental degradation, gender and sexuality and religious responses to modernity, among other topics.

As part of the major we strongly encourage students to engage in international study and broaden their view of the world.


Undergraduate studies

Our teaching approach creates pathways for students to progress from an undergraduate interest in Religious Studies, to Honours and then graduate research.

Graduate Research

Read more about the Arts Graduate Research Program.


Research in the Centre of Religious Studies focuses on the following areas:

  • Ancient religions
  • Religious history and thought
  • Biblical studies
  • Comparative theology and mysticism
  • Religion in popular culture
  • Mythology and hermeneutics
  • Eastern religions
  • Interreligious dialogues and conflict
  • Ecology, gender and religion
  • Sociology of religion
  • Philosophy of religion
  • Religion and politics

Monash Arts and the Centre of Religious Studies are committed to promoting the process of interreligious relations through collaborative research and teaching projects along with key centres:


Our academics in Ancient Cultures enjoy strong national and international profiles and pursue global interests. View all staff.

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