Our department focuses on the in-depth, academic study of four religious traditions—Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism and Islam. We teach a range of courses on these religions and their complex histories, using a variety of theoretical approaches.
Introduction to Religion
Compare a theme across multiple religious traditions. Trace a trajectory from ancient to modern sources, drawing from relevant media, historical moments and cultural movements.
The "Stuff" of U.S. Religion: Material and Visual Approaches
By hewing closely to a chronological flow of events in U.S. history, we will examine how social, technological, and theological shifts have altered the world of material religion.
Islamic Intellectual Tradition: The Classics
Study the foundational texts that were composed within the intellectual traditions of Islam (800–1200) and which have stimulated intellectual discourse in Islamic cultures until today.