The School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies

building a better, more sustainable and socially aware future

We are leaders in humanities-based research and education

As the largest transdisciplinary school in the humanities at Arizona State University, we strive to create excellent educational programs spanning history, philosophy and religious studies. Our degree programs have also grown to include Jewish studies and Asia studies. You’ll deepen your understanding of the past, present and future as you learn how to incorporate your broad skillset – in problem solving, writing and reasoning – to excel in the global workforce or solve the problems of tomorrow through interdisciplinary research. If you’re eager to change the world, join us!

Your source for success, academically and professionally

When you become a student in our school, you’ll be able to take advantage of all the resources available geared toward helping you succeed not only in academics, but beyond in your professional life in whatever career venture you desire. From unparalleled academic support and internationally renowned faculty to invaluable research and internship opportunities, you’ll graduate with in-depth knowledge and real-life experience.  

Academic advising

Our school offers the highest quality and most accessible academic support services. From easing the transition to college life to helping with course schedules and major requirements, our advisors are eager to help you navigate through your program successfully. Learn more.

Internship opportunities

If you want to gain real-world experience in your field of study, we encourage you to pursue an internship that’s related to your career aspirations. Internships are a great way to test drive your future career while you add practical experience to your resume. Learn more.

Distinguished faculty members

Our impressive and talented faculty will teach you how to investigate, analyze and think creatively about the past, present and future. They will impart their knowledge and expertise, so you can learn how to make a difference in the world through curious inquiry and discovery. Learn more

A Message from SHPRS' New Director

I am pleased to be joining ASU as the new Director of the School of Historical, Philosophical & Religious Studies. SHPRS is the university’s largest transdisciplinary school in the humanities, encompassing nearly 100 faculty and staff and thousands of undergraduate and graduate students. Coor Hall – the nerve center of our network – is a hive of activity, alive with the thrum of teaching and learning, research and community engagement, but our operations span the globe and are enriched by the diversity of their many constituents. However expansive our enterprise, we are foremost an intellectual community, collaborating across disciplinary boundaries to advance the frontiers of human knowledge. I am excited to be part of such a creative, visionary team of innovative and engaged thinkers and doers – a whole greater than the sum of its parts. You too are an important member of this collective endeavor, and it is with great enthusiasm that I welcome you to a new academic year. 

--Director Richard Amesbury

Notable news stories from around our school

An Arizona State University online history class has been encouraging students to unplug from their computers and go out and see the ways history has affected modern society.

Arizona State University alumna Karrin Taylor Robson believes one should always be prepared for when opportunity or responsibility knocks on the door.

Late at night, a lone scientist in the lab smacks their forehead and — voila! — an amazing solution to a problem coalesces, right?