Courses and Requirements

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Requirements for the Major

A minimum of twelve courses including two Core Courses, plus five courses in an Area of Concentration, plus two courses devoted to a Senior thesis (REL-498-499), plus three other Religious Studies courses of which at least two will be outside the selected Area of Concentration. Relevant intermediate-level language courses can be substituted with the permission of the Director of the program.

Requirements of the Interdepartmental Major

At least eight courses in the program, including REL-103 and REL-300 and a Senior thesis.

Requirements for the Minor

REL-103 plus five other courses, including at least two 200-level courses.

Requirements for Honors

To be eligible for honors, the student must fulfill the following requirements: (1) a minimum index of 3.3 in courses in the Major; (2) a grade of at least “A minus” on the senior thesis; and (3) a grade of “distinction” or “high pass” in an oral examination based on the senior thesis. In addition, the student must satisfy College requirements for departmental honors.

The following is only a partial list of the classes counted towards the religious studies major and minor. See the Director of the program for a complete list.

Core Courses

REL-103 Introduction to Religious Studies
REL-300 Seminar: Theory and Method in the Study of Religion

AREAS OF CONCENTRATION

Judaism

AMU-125 World Religions and Music
EGL-271 (226) World of the Bible
EGL-265 (238) Jewish Women Writers
HST-128 The American Jewish Experience
HST-157 Modern Jewish History
HST-158 The Holocaust
HST-195 Early History of the Jews
REL-203 Judaism/Christianity/Islam: Comparative Perspectives (HST203)
SPN-434 Christians, Jews and Muslims: Cultural Exchanges in Early Modern Spain and “Converso” Culture in the Americas

Christianity

AAH-203 Medieval Art and Architecture of Northern Europe
AAH-300 Italian Art and Architecture of the late Middle Ages
AMU-060 From Chant to Mozart
AMU-125 World Religions and Music
AMU-212 Baroque Music
ANT-252 Global Christianities
EGL-271 (226) World of the Bible
EGL-211 (292) Milton
GRK-243 New Testament Greek
HST-171 Europe and the Americas in the Era of Columbus
HST-240 The Crusades
HST-241 Mystics, Magic, and Witchcraft in Medieval and Early Modern Europe
HST-245 Occult Sciences & Societies
HST-372 History of Latin American Women
LAT-358 Medieval Latin Literature and Culture
MLT-284 Popular Religion and Politics in Latin America
PHL-175 Jesus
PHL-261 Philosophy of Religion
REL-203 Judaism/Christianity/Islam: Comparative Perspectives (HST-203)
REL-320 Early Christian Thought
SPN-434 Christians, Jews and Muslims: Cultural Exchanges in Early Modern Spain and “Converso” Culture in the Americas

Islam

AAH-201 Islamic Art & Architecture
AAH-286 Art and Religion of the Silk Road
HST-240 The Crusades
HST-243 Ottoman History
HST-302 Comparing Muslim Cultures
HST-401 Islam in Africa
PSC-343 Women and Politics in the Muslim World
REL-203 Judaism/Christianity/Islam: Comparative Perspectives (HST-203)
REL-345 Classical Islam
SPN-434 Christians, Jews and Muslims: Cultural Exchanges in Early Modern Spain and “Converso” Culture in the Americas

Religions of Asia

AAH-280 Buddhist Art
AAH-286 Art and Religion of the Silk Road
AAH-287 Tibetan Art
AMU-125 World Religions and Music
ANT-232 From Bombs to Buddhism
HST-183 Introduction to South Asian Civilizations
HST-384 Historical Foundations of South Asian Religion
PHL-166 Indian Philosophy
PHL-167 Chinese Philosophy
PHL-180 Global Philosophies: Theories of the Good Life
PHL-245 Buddhist Ethics

Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean

CLS-110 Ancient Egypt: History and Religion
CLS-111 Ancient Iraq: History and Religion
CLS-132 Religion in the Pagan World
CLS-134 Classical Art and Architecture (same as AAH-200)
CLS-143 Classical Mythology
CLS-154 Poetry and the Cosmos
CLS-161 Survey of the Ancient Epic
CLS-178 Ancient World Mythology
EGL-271 (226) World of the Bible
HST-195 Early History of the Jews

Religion, Culture and Society

AMU-125 World Religions and Music
ANT-235 Fundamentalism around the Globe
ANT-252 Global Christianities
ANT-254 Anthropology of Religion
HST-372 History of Latin American Women
MLT-284 Popular Religion and Politics in Latin America
PHL-180 Global Philosophies: Theories of the Good Life
PHL-240 Contemplative Social Justice Ethics
PSC-241 (R) Religion and Politics
PSC-262 Damnation, Revolution and the American Experiment
PSC-337 Theories of Modern Secularism
PSC-343 Women and Politics in the Muslim World
PSY-431 Seminar in Psychology and Religion
REL-170 Myth, Ritual and Magic (ANT-170)
REL-203 Judaism/Christianity/Islam: Comparative Perspectives (HST-203)
REL-250 Death and Immortality
SOC-223 Sociology of Religion

REL-103 Introduction to Religious Studies

This course introduces students to the academic study of religion through an investigation of central topics such as sacred space, sacred text, myth, ritual, ethics, religion and society, concepts of the divine and ultimate reality, anthropology, and others. Examples for discussion are drawn from a variety of religious traditions including Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism, as well as other religious traditions, ancient and modern. Attention is also given to aspects of religion in contemporary settings.

REL-203 Judaism/Christianity/Islam: Comparative Perspectives (Also HST-203)

This course offers a comparative approach to Judaism, Christianity and Islam, three closely related religious traditions. It attempts to draw out commonalities among and differences between these traditions by focusing on their histories, their understandings of God, revelation and tradition, religion and society, and responses to social and political change.

REL-300 Seminar: Theory and Method in the Study of Religion

This course offers an introduction to the theory and methodology of the academic study of religion. It explores several of the most influential efforts to develop theories of religion and methods for its study, including approaches found in disciplines such as anthropology, sociology, psychology and phenomenology. The course adopts an historical perspective, outlining issues and developments in the field from the Enlightenment through to today.

Independent Study and Senior Projects

REL-295H296H Religious Studies Honors Independent Study
REL-490491 Independent Study in Religious Studies
REL-498499 Senior Thesis

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