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2016-2017 Catalog

Religious Studies


Professor Ziolkowski , Head; Professor Rinehart; Assistant Professors Blunt, Carr, Hendrickson, Patel

The study of religions is a vital component in understanding the various cultures around the globe throughout history, up to and including the present. Courses introduce students to religions of the world, including--but not limited to--Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and religions of Africa. The academic study of religions is systematic and comparative, examining their historical development, including their texts, beliefs, and practices, and topics such as religious ethics, religion and society (e.g., politics, violence, medicine, and the environment), religion and literature, and philosophy of religion. Courses also introduce a range of theories and methods for studying religions, drawing on disciplines such as history, literature, anthropology, sociology, psychology, and gender studies.

Religious Studies Courses