445 W. Engineering Building
Professor Roy Rappaport, Director
May be elected as an interdepartmental concentration program
The Studies in Religion Program provides students with a basic knowledge of the history, psychology, philosophy, and anthropology of religion; promotes an understanding of diverse religious traditions; and examines religious questions which arise in all cultures. The concern of the program is not to inculcate a particular doctrine or faith but rather to broaden and deepen a student's knowledge and understanding of religious traditions.
Prerequisites to Concentration. Religion 201 and 202.
Concentration Program. Two courses chosen from Religion 365, 369, 452, and 455; and 18 additional credits of electives chosen in consultation with and approved by a concentration advisor. Electives may be structured as follows:
1. Concentration in a single department, with a theme which enables a student to approach the study of religion from a single perspective:
Religion as an idea (Philosophy).
Religion as a cultural force through time (History).
Religion as a social phenomenon (Anthropology, Psychology, or Sociology).
Religion as a subject of expression (English or History of Art).
Religion as tradition (Near Eastern Studies, Asian Languages and Cultures, Classical Studies, Linguistics; appropriate elementary language proficiency is required for concentration in these departments).
2. Selected electives in Religion are listed below. (Many of these courses are crosslisted with other departments.)
3. Students may also choose from a large selection of courses in other departments which relate to religion in the areas of: Afroamerican and African Studies, American Culture, Anthropology, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, College Honors, English, Asian Languages and Cultures, Germanic Languages and Literatures, History, History of Art, Linguistics, Music History and Musicology, Near Eastern Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology. Permission must be granted by the Director of the program for related courses to be included as electives.
Advising and Counseling. Prospective concentrators are encouraged to consult concentration advisor, Astrid Beck. Appointments are scheduled at 445 W. Engineering Building.
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