Degree:
B.A.
Division:
Humanities
Program Options:
Area of Concentration, Joint Concentration, Secondary Field

The Religion AOC encourages critical thinking about religious traditions, ideals, rituals, and practices. Students of Religion develop empathetic insight into the fundamental ideas and values of other peoples, times, and places, which is key to effective communication and collaboration.

About the Religion Area of Concentration

Former Secretary of State, John Kerry, writes that “One of the most interesting challenges we face in global diplomacy today is the need to fully understand and engage the great impact that a wide range of religious traditions have on foreign affairs. […] if I headed back to college today, I would major in comparative religions rather than political science.”

In light of the pivotal role religion has played in shaping selves, societies, and cultures from ancient times to the present, the Religion program provides the beginning student with an understanding of the complexity of religious phenomena and offers the advanced student a variety of methods appropriate to such study.

The mission of the religion program is to encourage critical thinking about religious traditions, ideals, rituals, and practices; to develop empathetic insight into the fundamental ideas and values of other peoples, times, and places, and to foster critical self-consciousness about the values and commitments of one’s own age and society. Through these studies, students reflect upon the historically developed content of their own culture as well as that of others.

Recent courses

  • The Black Church
  • Chinese Religions
  • Contemporary Catholicism
  • Empire, Power and Culture: The Mongols
  • Islamic Movements, Past and Present
  • Introduction to the Study of Religion
  • Japanese Religions
  • Jewish Scriptures
  • Judaism and Ecology
  • Religion and Activism: Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X
  • Varieties of Judaism in the Modern World
  • Zombies, Handmaids and Superheroes: Religion and Popular Culture

Career Pathways

  • Law
  • Education
  • Religious Professional

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Humanities Division

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Ace Academic Center 116

Religion Faculty

Alexandria Griffin Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion
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Douglas Langston Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Religion
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Manuel Lopez Associate Professor of Religion
International & Area Studies Student Advisor
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Susan Marks Professor of Religion and Judaic Studies
Klingenstein Professorship
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Gordon Michalson Jr. Professor Emeritus of Humanities
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Nassima Neggaz Assistant Professor of Religion and Islamic Studies
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John Newman Emeritus Professor of Religion
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