Welcome to the Religion Department

ChapinClassReederHeim.jpg 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.

Courses Offered Spring 2018

  • Religion 121/Anthropology 121:  Visiting Lecturer, Fieldwork in Religious Communities
  • Religion 143/ASLC 144 Professor Maria Heim, Religion in Ancient India
  • Religion 210:  Professor Andrew Dole, What is Religion?
  • Religion 239:  Professors Andrew Dole and David Wills, Evangelical Christianity
  • Religion 240:  Post-Doctoral Fellow Lloyd Barba, Religion on the Move:  Religion & Migration in NorthAmerica
  • Religion 252/ASLC 252:  Professor Maria Heim, Buddhist Life Writing
  • Religion 261/SWAGS 239:  Professor Susan Niditch, Women in Judaism
  • Religion 273:  Professor Robert Doran, Christian Scriptures
  • Religion 281/HIST 281/ASLC 282:  Professor Tariq Jaffer and Monica Ringer, Muslim Reformers of the 19th & 20th Centuries
  • Religion 285/ASLC 285/ENG 301:  Professor Tariq Jaffer, Qur'an Controversies
  • Religion 362:  Professor Susan Niditch, Folklore and the Bible