Study of Religion

Scope and Objectives

The undergraduate major in Study of Religion equips students to understand and compare creatively the worldwide varieties of core convictions, stories, texts, rituals, and practices known collectively as religion. Students complete courses in a wide range of departments in which religious phenomena are analyzed, including anthropology, art history, Asian languages and cultures, classics, comparative literature, English, history, Near Eastern languages and cultures, philosophy, political science, and world arts and cultures/dance. Students can anticipate gaining versatile intellectual tools for approaching, analyzing, and appreciating the deep roots, human motivations, and history of the formation of religious traditions in their respective cultural contexts. Within this interdepartmental program, students may focus in depth on one or more specific religions. Students may wish to select this major in combination with a second major field, a minor, or related language study.