Why HDS?

  • A Distinctive Approach. Exploring all religions, while aligned with none, makes HDS different from most religious study institutions. Learn more
  • A Rewarding Career. HDS Career Services helps students and graduates develop careers in fields as diverse as our student body.
  • Rich Resources. All the rich resources of Harvard University are available to HDS students and faculty.

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Catherine Brekus Joins HDS

Catherine Brekus, new HDS professor

Renowned scholar of North American religious history Catherine Brekus has been named the Charles Warren Professor of the History of Religion in America. More

Centers & Programs

The Center for the Study of World Religions has guided the study of the world's major religious and spiritual traditions at Harvard, especially at HDS, since 1960. 

The Women's Studies in Religion Program explores the fundamental role played by religious traditions in defining the lives of women and men. 

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Research & Publications

Can We Talk (about Animal Rights)?

Animal Rights
We tend to hold strong, opposing moral intuitions on animal rights issues, but perhaps we can agree on areas to make partial improvements. More

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The Campaign for HDS will bring our focus on religion, values, spirit, and meaning into the future. Find out how it will renew the School and enable us to produce leaders who illuminate, engage, and serve humanity.

Help advance understanding of global religion, promote peaceful interfaith dialogue that bridges religious boundaries, and empower leaders who want to devote their lives to service. Make a gift to HDS today.