The academic study of religion is an intellectual endeavor first and foremost, but it also involves the consideration of questions about fundamental issues of human existence.

Religion 100

Introduction to Religion


Fall, Spring. Credit, four hours. An exploration of diverse ways of being religious in thought, action, community, and experience, as displayed in two or three traditions and cultures, including the non-Western.

Religion 150

Introduction to Sacred Texts


Fall, Spring. Credit, four hours. Comparative study of sacred texts in two or more religious traditions and examination of the function of sacred texts in religious communities.

Religion 205

Biblical Literature


Fall. Credit, four hours. The Hebrew scriptures in translation, examined in their historical setting, and their application in early Jewish and early Christian writings.

Religion 211

Western Religious Traditions


Every two years/Fall—Alternate years. Credit, four hours. This course examines Western religions over a significant span of history, special emphasis on interactions between culture and religions and between religions: topic varies.

Religion 212

Asian Religious Traditions


Every two years/Spring—Alternate years. Credit, four hours. Thematic study of at least two Asian religious traditions. Thematic emphasis may include relationships of text and context, pilgrimage, gender, epic performance, religious institutions, visual arts, or colonial and post-colonial identities. The course will introduce the student to some major Asian religious and philosophical traditions and will focus upon the traditions, key historical developments, and contemporary forms.

Religion 247

Portraits of Jesus: Art and The Interpretation of The Gospels

Spring. Credit, four hours. An exploration of the New Testament gospels as literary works of art in the first-century contexts and how passages from those gospels have been dynamically (re)interpreted through the visual arts.

Religion 305

Introduction to Buddhism


Fall, every other year. Credit, four hours. Introduction to practices, doctrines, literature, and institutions of Buddhism, with particular focus on contemplative practices, ethics, and methods of philosophical investigation, narrative traditions, and transformation of Buddhism across cultures.

Religion 314



Spring (alternate years). Explores norms of Muslim belief and practice, locating them in the historical context of their origin in seventh-century Arabia and examining their interpretations in various historical and geographical contexts.

Religion 323

Death and Dying in World Religions


Fall, on demand. Credit, four hours. Prerequisite: One course in religion. Mastery of the basic vernacular of the study of religion is necessary for this course dealing with a focused topic within comparative religions. Understanding death through a study of religious attitudes and practices, modern therapies for the dying, ethnical issues, and Western and Asian theological perspectives.

Religion 345

The Ethics of Jesus


Spring. Credit, four hours. No prerequisites. Religion 245 introduces the topic, approaches, and nature of an academic study of the historical Jesus with a central focus on the ethics of Jesus in its first century contexts.

Religion 348

The New Testament in Its Context


Fall, Spring. Credit, four hours. Interpretation of the New Testament in the context of the historical, social, religious, and literary environment of the eastern Mediterranean world during Late Antiquity.

Religion 370R

Special Topics: Religion and Culture

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TBA. Credit, one to four hours. Prerequisite: one course in religion; other prerequisites as specified for topic. Aspects of religion in relation to contemporary culture.

Religion 373R

Special Topics in Religious Studies

TBA. Credit, one to four hours. Prerequisite: One course in religion and permission of instructor. Study in depth of a limited historical or theoretical problem. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

Religion 397R

Directed Study

On Demand. Credit, one to four. Prerequisite: One course in religion and permission of instructor. Independent reading and research under the direction of a faculty member. This course does not satisfy distribution requirements in humanities.