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, Asia studies and American 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' Interim Director

 I am honored to be stepping in as Interim Director of the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies at ASU. I believe there is no better time to be nurturing the conversations, knowledge and capacities our community exists to advance. As historians, philosophers and scholars of religion, we pursue the big questions that matter to people in Arizona, the United States and globally. In the classroom, on the page and in public forums worldwide, our faculty focus on the complex ways that people shape and sustain the worlds we share, perceive and respond to challenges over time, and bring our past to bear on our present and future. We teach thousands of students at ASU and share our knowledge with millions of people beyond the university. We help students and the public understand human endeavors and navigate perplexities that are local, national, and international in scope, that are topical and of enduring consequence. I’m grateful to be among the more than one hundred faculty, staff, and graduate students who bring our energies and talents to the tasks before us, and I look forward to what we will accomplish in the year ahead.

--Interim Director Tracy Fessenden

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