Welcome to the Religion Department

Unless noted otherwise in its catalog description, any Religion course is open to students regardless of test scores or graduating class.  The Religion department does not administer a placement examination or otherwise determine what a student’s first course in Religion should be.  Normally, courses in Religion do not have prerequisites and are open to first-year students.  Few of our courses have enrollment caps.

We recommend that students interested in the academic study of religion take RELI 111, Introduction to Religion, early in their college career (note that this course is offered in the Fall only, and is required for the Religion major).  But it is not a matter of department policy that this course be a student’s first course in Religion.

We also recommend that students who major in Religion and who plan to write an Honors thesis take RELI 210, What is Religion? Theories and Methods in Religious Studies (offered in the Spring only, and also required for the Religion major) prior to their Senior year.  RELI 210 is also open to first-year students.

For detailed information on Religion Department course requirements, please visit this web page: Religion Department Major Requirements.

Courses Offered Spring 2019

  • Religion 125:  Professor Susan Niditch, Personal Religion in the Bible and Beyond
  • Religion 127:  Professor Susan Niditch, Ethics and the Hebrew Scriptures
  • Religion 128:  Visiting Assistant Professor Jason Jeffries, Religion & Popular Culture
  • Religion 129/Anth 208:  Visiting Assistant Professor Michael Amoruso, Ethnographic Methods in Religious Studies
  • Religion 143: Professor Maria Heim, Religion in Ancient India
  • Religion 152: Professor Maria Heim, Introduction to Buddhist Traditions
  • Religion 210:  Professor Tariq Jaffer, What is Religion, Anyway?: Theories and Methods in Religious Studies
  • Religion 225:  Visiting Assistant Professor Russell Powell, Christianity, Ecology, and Environmental Responsibility
  • Religion 226:  Visiting Assistant Professor Nicholas Friesner, Romanticism, Religion and the American Democracy
  • Religion 273:  Professor Robert Doran, Christian Scriptures
  • Religion 325/BLST 375:  Visiting Assistant Professor Michael Amoruso, Spirit Possession
  • Religion 385/ASLC 385/ENG 301:  Professor Tariq Jaffer, The Qur'an and Its Controversies