Eruditio et Religio duke university | durham, nc

"How are we, in the United States, to embrace difference and maintain a common life?"

- Michael Walzer, Harvard Law Political Theorist

We think one answer is one of Duke's newest programs: Eruditio et Religio (E&R).

E&R helps students build relationships with people of other traditions and prepares them for working together for the common good. It builds interreligious literacy and connects diversity skills with community applications, combining curricular and co-curricular opportunities with intentional living, service, and social action.

What does this look like on the ground?

Intellectual Opportunities

Increasing religious literacy and cultural competence by taking at least two courses related to religion and interreligious studies in the broader Duke curriculum.

Engagement in community-based work

Selecting a relevant social issue of shared political concern that will guide Scholars' time together.

Living in community

Building friendships through shared meals, house events, retreats, trips and religious exploration.


How do I apply?

You can apply here. When we receive your application, we will contact you to schedule an in-person interview. Applications are due 11:59pm on Wednesday, Nov. 16.

Who can apply?

If you are graduating this December or May, it's too late. But if you are not (and an undergraduate in good standing at Duke), you are encouraged to apply. (Even if you're studying abroad!)

Do I need to be a part of a Religious Life group?

Many Scholars will be a part of a religious community on campus, but that is not a requirement. We welcome all applicants, from Atheist to Zoroastrian.

Do I have to live on campus?

Rising sophomores are required to live with other Scholars in The Well, located in the newly renovated Wannamaker Hall, on West Campus. Rising juniors and seniors are strongly encouraged to live in. All Scholars, though, will participate in the life of the community (family dinners, retreats, etc.), whether or not they live on campus.

More Questions? Contact Dr. Christy Lohr Sapp, Associate Dean for Religious Life ( or Jeff Nelson, Residence Coordinator (

And don't forget to check out The Mosaic, Duke's first residential space for prayer, practice, and meditation, located in Keohane Quad (West Campus) 4B401SEM.

Thank you!


Unsplash (Mert Byserk, kychan, Syd Wachs, Faustin Tuyambaze, Peter Hershey, Andre Hunter, Brijesh Nirmal, Daniel Berka), "Mosaic" Jessie Stellini, "Interfaith Peace Bridge" Rinchin Dolma, "VIA Chapel Climb" John Hare-Grogg, "Potato Drop" and "Habitat Build" Christy Lohr Sapp.

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