The major in Religion is designed to help
students to develop a coherent set of academic skills and expertise
in the study of religion, while at the same time encouraging
interdisciplinary work in the Humanities and Social Sciences.Each
major is expected to fashion a coherent major program focused
around work in one of three designated areas of concentration:
A. Religious Traditions
in Cultural Context. The study of religious traditions
and the textual, historical, sociological and cultural contexts
in which they develop. Critical analysis of formative texts
and issues that advance our notions of religious identities,
origins, and ideas.
B. Religion, Literature, and
Representation. The study of religion in relation to literary
expressions and other forms of representation, such as performance,
music, film, and the plastic arts.
C. Religion, Ethics, and Society. The
exploration of larger social issues such as race, gender, and
identity as they relate to religion and religious traditions.
Examines how moral principles, cultural values, and ethical conduct
help to shape human societies
for the major:
courses in one of the department's 3 areas of concentration.
2) Four courses outside the chosen area
to 3 of the 10 elective courses in the major's concentration
may be drawn from outside the department, subject to
Advising for the major
takes place in individual meetings between majors and faculty
advisors and in a departmental colloquium held once each semester. At
this colloquium, majors will present their proposed programs of study
with particular attention to their work in the area of concentration.
All majors should fill out and bring the Religion
to the colloquium.