Basic Structure of the Department
- The Religion department offers instruction in the world’s major religious traditions: Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, the religions of the ancient Near East, Africa, ancient and modern China, and religious life in North America.
- The department offers a major and a minor and can be part of a modified major.
- Courses numbered 1-19 are introductory courses with no prerequisite and are open to all classes. Courses numbered 20.1-20.4 are theory courses. Courses numbered 21-79 are intermediate topics courses. Courses numbered 80-81 are upper-level seminars.
- The Religion department sponsors a Foreign Study Program to Edinburgh, Scotland, in the fall term. The prerequisite is completion of two religion courses.
Courses for the Student with Little or No Background Who Wants to Explore Religion
- REL 1 (Patterns of Religious Experience) is a great introductory course for students who want to learn something about several different religions and also about how religions work as cultural systems.
- REL 2-19 are introductory-level courses that focus on specific religions or specific issues in religion (e.g., ethics): all of these assume no prior knowledge and have no prerequisites.
Information for Students Interested in Pursuing Studies in Religion
- REL 1 is the introductory course for studies in religion.
Current Enrollments, Class Size, and Distributives
The Religion home page