The Department of Religious Studies, one of the newest Departments within the Faculty of Social Sciences, apart from teaching courses in the three main religions in Ghana – African Traditional Religion, Christianity and Islam – promotes research.
Since its inception in 2005, it has graduated 65 students with Master of Philosophy degree in Religious Studies; and 311 students with Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies. The Theses and Dissertations in Religious Studies span a wide area of academic disciplines: Biblical Studies – Old Testament, New Testament, Mother Tongue Biblical Hermeneutics and African Biblical Studies; Church History – Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies, Religion and Environment; Religion and Bioethics; Religion and Development; Religion and Leadership; Religion and Media; Religion and Chieftaincy; Islam and Ghanaian Culture and Christian-Muslim Relations.
From 2009 to date, Lecturers of the Department have produced 60 Articles in Refereed Journals; 23 Book Chapters and Books; 38 Conference Papers and Proceedings (see Quality Assurance Bulletins). The Department was adjudged the Best Department in Research for the 2012/2013 Academic Year in the College of Art and Social Sciences. A Lecturer from the Department in the person of Rev. J. E. T. Kuwornu-Adjaottor won the Royal Bank-CASS Best Researcher Award for the 2012/2013 Academic Year.
The Department’s Research Project for 2014-2016 is, “RELIGION IN THE MODERN CITY OF KUMASI”. The sub-themes are as follows:
· Religion and Environment in Kumasi
· Religion and Diversity in Kumasi
· Religion, Pluralism and Human Rights in Kumasi
· New Religious Movements and Biblical Interpretation in Kumasi
· Religion and Media in Kumasi
· Religion and Chieftaincy in Kumasi
· Religion and Public Space in Kumasi