Society & Culture
This course explores Native American experiences with and responses to Christianity, as well as European and American efforts to use Christianity to understand and dominate Native Americans and dismantle their cultures from 1492 to the present. In doing so, we will think about how religion intertwines with national, political, and economic goals and socially-constructed ideas of race and gender, as well as how the absorption of American values such as democracy, freedom, individualism, capitalism, and progress, led to creating American Christianity. We will also learn basic concepts and practices of both Christianity and traditional Native American spiritual ways of life. RT, HUM
Using our humble resources, humans have always endeavored to shape our most profound experiences, our deepest desires, and our highest ideals in forms and textures that resonate with the world we inhabit. In this respect, the arts give outward expression to those experiences at the heart of religion. The arts can reveal a level of religious and cultural reality that cannot be approached or engaged otherwise. This class therefore explores the world’s religions through the arts. RT, HUM
This course introduces students to the vital role of religion in human experience and in a religiously plural society by, first, reading the memoir of Eboo Patel, a pioneering interfaith activist; second, exploring the core dimensions of several major religious traditions, and, third, using and enriching this baseline knowledge through personal narratives and case studies. In case studies, students will explore accounts of religious conflicts and complications in specific social contexts in order to develop their critical thinking and problem-solving skills and to demonstrate their ethical decision-making process. RT, HUM
In this course we will examine the fascinating world of goddesses and sacred female powers within Indian religious traditions. Through primary and secondary sources, we will explore the ways in which goddess-centric worldviews and goddess worship intersect with localized cultural understandings of medicine and ritual healing, gender identity, sexuality, politics, and activism. The course introduces students to postcolonial feminist and gender studies perspectives. NOTE TO RELIGION MAJORS: Experimental Courses can carry credit in any of the three Religion course categories. Please submit requests for particular category designations to the department chair.