Joe Wheeler, a May 2013 graduate with dual majors in Architecture and Religious Studies, has just received the 2013-14 India China Institute Student Fellowship award. Inspiration for his proposal came from discussions in the Religious Studies senior seminar last year (Senior Seminar: Religion and the Secular: Struggles over Modernity). He will be working with women's rights groups to have conversations about personal law and how it affects gender equality in India. Click here for more information.
Religious Studies is pleased to be offering a wide range of courses this spring, including:
Four freshman seminars covering a variety of topics: The Ritual Landscape of Cahokia: Perspectives on the Politics of Religion & Chiefly Power (L23 130); Creating the Universe: Ritual and Science in Buddhist Art (L23 145); Literature and the Question of Religion (L23 171); and Midrash: The Imaginative Interpretation of Biblical Texts (L23 179).
Religion in the African American Experience (L23 2600), a new 200-level course.
The 300-level boasts the largest selection of courses, covering topics such as: South Asian Religious Traditions (L23 312); “East” and “West” in Jewish Imagination and Politics (L23 3266); Visualizing Buddhism: Art, Religion and Philosophy (L23 3466); An Intro to Korean Religion (L23 354); Topics in Islam: Islam in the Modern World (L23 3622); Topics in Religion: It’s the End of the World as We Know It: Apocalypse in the Biblical World (L23 380); and The Making of the Modern Catholic Church (L23 3977).
We have several new courses at the 400-level including Religion and the Politics of Place in Modern America (L23 4900).
The topic for this year’s Senior Seminar (L23 479) is Saints and Society and is open to all students.
Visit our Course page to discover all of the interesting courses being offered this spring.
Few will contest the fact that, despite predictions to the contrary, religion continues to play a central role in contemporary culture, politics, identity, and conflict in every part of the globe. At the same time, the fast-moving forces of globalization, migration, and technology continue to bring diverse religious communities in closer proximity, often creating new religious communities in the process. As a result, it has become ever more essential for people living in today’s world to be “religiously literate.”
The Religious Studies Program at Washington University is designed to provide students with the opportunity to not only acquire basic knowledge of the beliefs and practices of the major world religions, but also learn how to engage in a critical appraisal of both their historic and their contemporary significance. ....More