Religious studies is a vibrant interdisciplinary field of study focusing on religious beliefs and practices and their relationship with the wider world. It is concerned with the concepts and emotions which underpin religious belief and practice, and with their role and function in culture and society. Religious studies deals with historical as well as contemporary material and is equally interested in the groups and individuals who practice religion as in the gods, deities, ancestors and spirits with whom they interact. This joint honours programme brings together the vibrancy of the study of religions with the excitement of English literature. It generates a cross-fertilisation of methods and materials in which literature is illuminated by religious ideas, and religion is mediated in texts from canonical writings of traditions from Buddhist sutras to the Hebrew bible, to classic and modern fiction. Reading and writing are key practices in religion and English literature. This programme introduces you to major examples of both and gives you the tools and skills to understand and interpret them. You will be studying at the historic New College, one of the largest and most vibrant centres of theology and religious studies in the world. You will be taught by internationally recognised experts and you will have access to excellent learning resources. You will also have access to an extensive range of outside courses in the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences and in the wider University.