Research

From a graduate:

"The religion department is an excellent place for students to find more support for higher independent learning than larger and less personal departments can offer."
Marjorie Wimbish Sopher
Class of 2015

The Department of Comparative Religion is small. This means you have greater opportunities to work one-on-one with faculty--either assisting with the faculty's research or developing research projects that allow you to explore your own interests.

Working with a faculty member on a special research project can help you develop marketable knowledge and skills:

  • Specialized knowledge on topics pertinent to your career path.
  • Familiarity with tools and methods for locating information needed to solve problems.
  • Experience with developing, pitching, and executing project proposals.
  • Feedback on your writing.
  • Skills for effective oral presentations.

Opportunities for student research

In some spring semesters, our department holds a symposium to showcase the work of students in that year's capstone seminar.

Beyond our department, Miami University has a number of programs that support undergraduate student research, including the First Year Research Experience (FYRE), the Undergraduate Summer Scholars, the Altman Undergraduate Fellows and the Dean's Scholars. Faculty and students from the Department of Comparative Religion have participated in all of those programs.

What project would you like to work on?