A Statement from the faculty of the Religion Department

The Religion Department joins students, alumni, and colleagues in taking a stand against racism, injustice, and hate.

We know that a statement of this nature cannot and should not take the place of the anti-racist education we are committed to pursuing and helping our students pursue. We are dedicated to helping to create diverse, inclusive, and just communities at Middlebury and beyond. In our research and teaching on diverse religious groups and religious diversity itself, we will work to further a deep understanding of difference and to undermine white supremacy and other forms of prejudice.

June, 2020

The Department of Religion insists that an understanding of religion is essential to a true comprehension of human culture, world history, global politics, and international conflict—not to mention the worldviews of billions of people.

Our courses invite students to immerse themselves in the rich and varied texts and traditions of Buddhism, Confucianism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and Taoism (among others). They also challenge students to see the complex relationship these religions have had with each other in the arenas of politics, morality, and culture in the United States and the world.

Viewing religious studies as a vital component to liberal arts education in today’s world, the Religion department actively contributes to interdisciplinary programs at Middlebury like American Studies, Environmental Studies, Women and Gender Studies, and International Studies.

Department of Religion

Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753