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Religious Studies Undergraduate Program

The Program provides students with opportunities to discover the complexity and diversity of the world’s religious traditions through either a major or minor in religious studies. 

Some courses being offered this Spring (all courses can be found here):

Kim Haines-Eitzen,  Director, Religious Studies; Professor, Near Eastern Studies

Now, more than ever, understanding how religion intersects with history and politics, society and culture, economics and the environment, literature and the arts is a vital part of a liberal arts education.

Featured Course: The Bible and American Ethics (RELST 4548)

Professor Lauren Monroe         4 credits             Wednesday 8:00-9:55am

This course will focus on the array of perspectives offered in the Hebrew Bible and New Testament on such contemporary social issues as: immigration; abortion rights, surrogate childbirth, gay marriage, gender identity, etc.  We will consider the range of voices the Bible preserves on these and other topics, and how biblical texts and biblically-based arguments shape and inform American political discourse. Students will be expected to read biblical texts on their own terms in their ancient Israelite and early Christian contexts, as well as to consider how those texts have been received within Jewish and Christian interpretive traditions, and absorbed into American political thought.  Students will read political theory, Jewish and Christian ethics, recent newspaper and magazine articles and will also consider other forms of media.

Register for this class, here.