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Department of Religious Studies

College of Arts & Sciences

109 Foust Building



Charles D. Orzech, Associate Professor and Head of Department

Professor Levinson; Associate Professors Hart, Krueger, Ramsey; Assistant Professor Grieve; Lecturers Haus, Headington, Sopper

The Department of Religious Studies investigates a variety of religious traditions, movements, and expressions that play important roles either historically or in contemporary cultures.

Courses are organized in two concentrations:

  1. Traditions & Historical Studies
  2. Cultural & Theoretical Studies

The Department teaches courses on such traditions as Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Shinto, and Taoism. Historical studies include courses about religions in African, Asian, Middle East, European, and American (especially United States) history. Theoretical studies include courses on religious philosophies, religious ethics, and theologies, as well as political, social, and psychological accounts of religious life. Cultural studies include courses that investigate the role religion plays in politics, economics, social movements, arts, sciences, as well as diverse forms of personal conduct.

Religious Studies Courses Meeting General Education Core and Marker Credit

Philosophical/Religious/Ethical (GPR)
REL 101, 104, 109, 111, 207, 218, 221, 223, 225, 232, 251, 327
Historical Perspectives (GHP)
REL 131, 202, 204, 210, 212, 215, 229
Global (GL)
REL 101, 104, 204, 210, 215
Global Non-Western (GN)
REL 111, 218, 221, 223, 225, 250