Religion is a social and cultural influence on individual lives and world events. The Center provides research and support opportunities to faculty and students working in the fields of health, law, journalism and other professions to better understand the role of religion and ethics in people’s lives.
We seek to answer questions such as, “How well do Americans understand the religious traditions of their fellow citizens?” and “What challenges and opportunities do demographic shifts provide for businesses?
The Center seeks practical applications of its research, aiming to impact academic curriculum and professional training both on campus and around the nation. Current and recent projects include researching the relationship between spirituality and health care; a survey of individuals’ and professionals’ experiences in professional settings on matters related to religion and spirituality; and a national survey to assess citizens’ interests and preferences related to news on religion, with the goal of strengthening journalistic coverage of religion in the United States.
Being affiliated with the Center lends legitimacy to your study in the field of religion and the professions. We can recommend resources for research, and graduate students can work with selected faculty. You will have the opportunity to develop exciting areas of discovery in the field of religion and the professions.