Religion Advising Guide
The Department of
Religion and Judaic Studies offers courses in religious traditions, theories,
and methods in the study of religion, sacred texts, and contemporary issues,
including courses with a sustainability/environmental focus. Students also have
opportunities to study religion abroad in the Dickinson Program in India and the
summer program in Jerusalem.
Courses that explore these
areas include those that examine:
traditions of Asia and the West (particularly Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity,
Judaism, and Islam).
2. Theories and
methodologies in the study of religion, including comparative, sociological, and
and literary analysis of sacred texts, including the Hebrew Bible, New
Testament, and Dead Sea Scrolls
and contemporary issues, such as gender, violence/nonviolence, secularism,
spirituality, and sustainability.
Introductory courses appropriate for prospective
100 level course is appropriate for the major, but Religion 101:What is Religion? is required.
level courses are introductory courses intended for all students.These courses focus on the historical and cultural contexts of traditions
or cultural issues. They are comparative courses.
200 level courses tend to be topics courses; the focus is on analysis
of texts and themes in a comparative and historical context.
Our comparative courses and 300 level courses are seminars with an
emphasis on writing and discussion. The emphasis is on constructive application
of theories and methods to relevant topics.
Introductory courses that fulfill distribution
course offered by the department.
concerned with Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, East Asian religions, or Spiritual
Dimensions of Healing.
Courses such as
Religion and Modern Culture and Jews and Judaism in the U.S.
Writing Intensive course:
Religion 390:Interpreting Religion, required for the major AND MINOR.
For course descriptions and requirements for the
major, refer to theAcademic Bulletin: