2019-2020 Undergraduate Bulletin 
    Mar 20, 2023  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Bulletin [Archived Bulletin]

REL 3000 - What is Religion? Great Thinkers and Multidisciplinary Perspectives in Religious Studies

Goals: This course will investigate the following questions: What is religion? How do we define it? Is religion something that exists “out there” or is it a creation of the scholar’s imagination? What methods should be used to study religion? What theories best explain it? How has the field of religious studies evolved, and where might it be headed?

Content: Students will be introduced to the major thinkers from multiple disciplines who have influenced the development of religious studies in the west. These will include psychologists, theologians, anthropologists, sociologists, philosophers, historians, as well as feminist approaches from several of these disciplines

Taught: Spring semester

Prerequisite: One previous religion course (grade of C- or better) or instructor approval

Credits: 4