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' New Director

I am very excited to be the new Director of the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies. Since coming to ASU in 2014, I have been impressed with the scale and ambition of the university’s mission, and I can say firsthand that SHPRS is helping ASU achieve these goals. Our school is home to over one hundred faculty, staff, and graduate students who produce innovative research on subjects that matter to people in Arizona, the United States and globally. We teach thousands of students at ASU and share our knowledge with millions of people beyond the university. We help students and the public make sense of complex issues that are local, national and international in scope. I come to the office each day excited about what can be accomplished when this many smart, talented and dedicated people are working together, and I look forward to what we will achieve in the years ahead.

--Director Matthew Delmont

Notable news stories from around our school

Last semester, two Arizona State University students in Jewish studies courses used their final project assignments as opportunities for creative expression, exhibiting the material that they learn

Two recent fatalities related to autonomous vehicles are raising concerns about trade-offs between societal progress and human collateral damage.