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This course provides a capstone experience in religious studies. It serves as the third writing course and is required for Religious Studies majors. The readings will deepen students' understanding of the field of Religious Studies and how it relates to social concerns, as well as guide students through developing a research project. Students will present research both in writing and verbally, in ways that address scholarship in Religious Studies and that are accessible to a general audience. Student will also have opportunities to reflect on experiential learning and career goals.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Five courses in Religion, or permission of instructor.

Religious Studies

“Religious studies” introduces students both to the academic study of religion and spirituality and also to the variety of religious traditions around the world (e.g., Hinduism and Buddhism; Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; Chinese religious traditions; indigenous religious traditions in North America and in Africa; atheism and agnosticism, pagan and other nature-based traditions).  In addition, students with a particular thematic interest may pursue the study of “religion and film,” “spirituality and wellness,” and/or “religion and human rights.” Because religion is deeply implicated in history, culture, politics, literature, and medicine the study of religion is critical to understanding and explaining complex global issues in both the past and the present. One does not have to be “religious” or “spiritual” to study religion, nor is the study of religion directed toward establishing the truth of one religion over another.