Welcome to the Religion Department

Religion courses are fascinating liberal arts courses that take a nimble interdisciplinary approach to the most fundamental and enduring questions and concerns in the history of humanity and across the globe. Our courses are open to everyone and tend not to have prerequisites or enrollment caps, and while 100-level courses are a good place to start, students should also consider 200 and 300 level courses even if they have never taken a Religion class before. All of our courses are open to first-year students.

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 typically 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, Anyway? Theories and Methods in Religious Studies (offered in the Spring only, and also required for the Religion major) prior to their Senior year. This course is an excellent choice for nonmajors as well, and anyone interested in big theories about what religion is.

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

Courses Offered Spring 2020

REL 161/ANTH 213:  Life & Times of a Buddhist Farmer, Visiting Professor Susan Darlington
REL 185:  Orthodoxy and Heresy in Islam, Associate Professor Tariq Jaffer
REL 210:  What is Religion Anyway?:  Theories and Methods in Religious Studies, Professor Andrew Dole
REL 239:  Evangelical Christianity, Assistant Professor Lloyd Barba and Professor Andrew Dole
REL 240/LLAS 240:  Religion on the Move:  Religion and Migration in North America, Assistant Professor Lloyd Barba
REL 249/ASLC 249:  Buddhism and Social Justice, Visiting Professor Susan Darlington
REL 261/SWAG 239:  Jewish Identity and MeToo:  A Study of Women in Judaism, Professor Susan Niditch
REL 273:  Christian Scriptures, Professor Robert Doran
REL 267:  Reading the Rabbis, Professor Susan Niditch
REL 385ASLC 385/ENG 301:  The Qur'an and Its Controversies:  Associate Professor Tariq Jaffer